It all makes sense now

So there you have it, my take on the five senses, Touch, Sight, Taste, Smell, and Hearing.
In writing these, I have learned something more about myself and my view of life.
I had once thought that if I lost one of my senses, it would be my hearing I’d miss the most, because of my music.
But that is not the case, and it just goes to show how blinkered and self-centred I was concentrating on just one thing.
All of them are precious, and I cannot imagine being without any.
My posts weren’t in any particular order of preference, but now I have to say that of them all, if I lost my sight, it would be the most devastating for me.

officeWorking in an office environment of various descriptions since leaving school in 1972, it was too much of an effort to go out for the simple pleasure of a walk, unless I was planning on meeting someone or going somewhere specific (like the bus stop to go and meet someone specific) .
With the help of my glasses, I was able to see the spreadsheets, computer screen and data in front of me to enable me to do my job. In the bank, I would greet the majority of customers by name, and if I saw them outside in ‘the real world’ would say hello.
I would watch TV or a film at the cinema and perhaps remember the story or actors in it.
But go for a walk in the forest or even just round the block, and I would see nothing. The woods would be full of trees and green foliage with a splash of colour, perhaps an occasional bird, but as to what type of tree, what kind of foliage or flower and what species of bird, I was ignorant as it held no interest. It was just there.

All that has changed, and I believe I am a better person for it.

I see beyond the branches, beneath, within and around the foliage, compare the birds, wonder at the delicacy of butterflies, and if I don’t recognise them, I look them up.
blue titelmgreen woodpecker

My hearing is still acute, but to a different song. I’ll pick up on the rustling in the undergrowth before the sand lizard shoots out across the path in front of me. I’ll try to identify the bird singing its song before I see it flit from branch to branch, listen as the bees visit individual flowers.
bumble beeAt home, I heard the rain fall some 10 seconds before it hit our front windows, much to Hubby’s surprise.

On Friday, after a couple of days resting, he was able to join me for a walk with the dog.
The ground felt slippery underfoot in places where mud puddles were beginning to dry out again, lumpy elsewhere as pine cones lay crushed and gnawed in the pathways, soft and spongy where the moss grows like a carpet along deer tracks that we now follow to enjoy Nature at its most unspoilt.
squirrel food pine conesmossThe smell of the woods after the rain is fresh and new, more so with the seepage of sap from the tall pines where the bark had split due to the recent hot days.
In winter, it is a different landscape and with it a different smell.

3In the summer months, there may be an abundance of nuts, blackberries and other forest fruit.
nutsLast year, the berries were small and sweet, but the larger ones closer to the ground were left as we know the habits of the hundreds of dogs that visit the woods each and every day.

If I had to put my Senses in order of preference now, it would probably be
Sight,
Hearing,
Touch,
Smell and
Taste.

But the thought of being without any particular one would mean missing out on so much and so many of life’s pleasures, most of which are free to be enjoyed, if we only took the time to appreciate them.

About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! We have an elderly dog called Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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4 Responses to It all makes sense now

  1. Your description of each and every sense has me walking with you side by side through the exploration of each. I love the way you traverse your world with all of your sensory availability on high. You are truly an example of being alive in every sense of one’s capability.
    What an inspiration, not to mention a lovely reminder to join you in the appreciation and adventure! 🙂

    • Thank you so very much for these kind words. It’s so good to know that I have been successful in my ultimate goal of taking people with me on our walks and to see the wonderful things about us.

  2. Crooked Tracks says:

    I think it would be the hardest to lose one’s sight. I hope your posts inspire others to enjoy all of their senses.

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