Vlogging jogging blogging and snogging… !

Soon I am to head off on the next leg of my journey…
In May I am going a vlogging jogging snogging ( mainly with Anadi ! ) and blogging… Not necessarily in that order, around the globe…

I am already doing this course, but from May I will have more time to dedicate to my new way of life!

My brother once said of me that my energy gathers people… He even said this at a big meal out with friends after the commonwealth games… I had dropped out of the race at 20 miles with injury.
He stood up during the meal to make a toast and he said ‘it doesn’t matter what happened in the race today, what matters is that Julia has gathered us all…’

I love gathering people, whether in person, or via my blogs jogs and vlogs….
And on Saturday the vlog brought a wonderful gathering of friends, some who I have known for years and years and some who I was about to meet….

When Anadi and I woke at 5am, with a rendezvous planned on the Western lawns in Eastbourne at 5.45, my new, yet to be met friends, Trish, Colin, Tilly and Jess were already up! They had risen at a quarter to 4 to listen to the dawn chorus….

The first bird they heard was an owl… ‘Does the owl herald the dawn chorus?’ I asked, rather displaying a lack of nature knowledge!
‘We arrived in the night’ Trish laughed…

And so at 5.30am, Anadi and I ran barefoot to the seafront, not yet knowing that we had new friends who were on the top of the south downs by now, waiting like us, for the sun to rise….

By the time Heidi and Tracy came running towards us across the lawn the light had come and day had broken….
I learned so much from them about the wildlife and the farm animals. They shared with us how to save sheep and told us of their love of running on the downs…
‘It’s breathing’ said Tracy… ‘Freedom’ echoed Heidi.

Connection with the earth, they both said….

We are all connected, we are all one… Listening to Tracy and Heidi speak, I heard a universal language.
We all desire peace, freedom, to breathe, to be connected, to be at one… To know we are one…
Free….

Peace…

Anadi and I then ran up to the top of the downs to Beachy Head , where there is a plaque of peace.
We ran through the mist, trusting the step, staying in each bare footprint watching where the next would land and take our future this way or that.
We had planned that we would read out the plaque at the top of the downs together, as we did when I lived here – and then turn for home
‘Lead me from death to life, from falsehood to truth. Lead me from despair to hope, from fear to trust. Lead me from hate to love, from war to peace. Let peace fill my heart, my world my universe. Peace…..

But the path unfolded in a completely different way…
If we trust the step, we will always find that the path does unfold and in the most wonderful of ways…

As the mist cleared we could see a group of people ahead of us…
Our friends that we hadn’t met were there, wrapped up in the mist…
As we approached, we all said ‘hello’, and then Jess told us that she had got up at a quarter to four to hear the dawn chorus.
‘What does the dawn chorus sound like?’ I asked…
‘Chirp chirp chirp’ Tilly said…
And then they showed us their excellent bird impersonations, shared their marshmallows with us that they had been toasting for a sunrise breakfast, before we waved our goodbyes and headed back to the Western lawns where more vlogging and jogging friends were gathering…..

What a joyous morning, Tim Jane Ad Haze Lesley Calum Karen Alison, wonderful souls all, joined us to share in barefooted fun, playtime!

‘Going out to run barefoot feels more like playtime than I can remember…’ I mentioned to Anadi…
‘Life should be playtime.’
He responded….

Yes….
Life should be playtime…..

 

 

 

Thank you to Trish and Colin and karen for their wonderful photos in this blog!

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