Two weekends ago took me to new heights – literally! I enjoyed breakfast at the Sky Garden (what the Londoners call the “Walkie Talkie” because it is shaped like one!). Inside, it’s amazing – no matter what the weather (and trust me London can see some dull, grey skies…) it’s a peaceful garden of greens and a lovely snapshot of nature. As my mum and I made our way to level 36, we admired the views over our beloved City. I love London. I genuinely do. I’ve been to a number of cities around Europe but there is no place quite like my home. London has so much to offer – from amazing restaurants to historical treasures… from beautifully manicured parks to breathtaking architecture… I can’t get enough of it. My mum and I enjoyed breakfast at Darwins Brasserie and as we peered out at the magnificent view below, we noted just how miniature life “down there” really was… The cars, the buildings and the people seemed so insignificant at this height. My birds eye view made me think of the amount of times I had allowed situations and people to overpower me and how many more times I got so caught up in day to day stress that I didn’t stop to think of what the meaning of life really was. Up here everything seemed so much more irrelevant. As I enjoyed my beautifully smoked salmon and eggs and picked at my crisp butter croissant, I thought of the bigger picture… I questioned whether I was following my dreams and living out my purpose. I toyed with new ideas… I pondered whether I was really thinking out of the box or just allowing life to live me – rather than the other way around… I thought of what I wanted to achieve in the next few months and why and if I was genuinely happy with who I am, what I was doing and where I was going. Being at that height – away from the hustle and bustle (that is London) made me reflect on so much. I felt unreachable, as if I was just watching the world go by. I wonder if that’s how God looks at us..?
Sometimes we are like the hamster on the wheel going around in circles, falling into the same mistakes, treading the same paths – because we are too afraid to leave our comfort zones, step out of the situation and give it an honest review. When we are in the midst of the issues of life we are so worried and stressed that they seem innumerable and overpowering but if we can challenge ourselves to think beyond them and push ourselves to look above and forward, perhaps we may even find a solution. It takes a little faith but it’s better than not moving onwards or upwards.
This is one of the reasons why I love tall buildings – beyond the beauty and the fame, I always find a reason to look ahead, with an elevated view. I see the bigger picture. Try it.
P.S. You can imagine my happiness when my hubby took me 52 floors up to The Shard later that afternoon! That’s a story for another day…
Written by Presenter Gemma Passley