“This is life. Life is simple.”

For the second year in a row, my extended family and I got the chance to drive about 2 hours north of Toronto to Norland, Ontario for a brief getaway. Cottage life is funny, because nowadays, it doesn’t matter how far you go into the middle of no where, wifi is still a necessity for us all.

Because wifi was so accessible, every day is a battle between shutting off and staying updated with our online lives. Despite reading a few articles here and there, checking my emails once or twice every day, and even posting a photo or two, I managed to shut off as well as I could to soak in the peacefulness of it all.

We were staying in beautiful home with our backyard facing Shadow Lake. I feel quite whimpy saying this, but the water was too cold for me so I barely went in once- but I enjoyed it my own personal way. Every day, we ate breakfast and went for a two hour walk. There wasn’t too much to see during the walk aside from cars and trees, but to walk along side my parents and relatives was much more valuable.

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In the afternoon, some of us took naps, some of us went kayaking and in the water, some of us fished- but I simply laid on the hammock reading. I can’t recall the last time I spent time reading a physical book on a day to day basis. I was learning new things every day, exercising my brain, and soaking in large amounts of Vitamin D. Life couldn’t get any better than that.

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The sunsets were magnificent. The colors in the sky painted a painting I would’ve hung as decor in my home. There were no sounds of cars, or hundreds of people hustling and bustling to their next event- it was purely me, God, and the sky.

Another special part of cottage living are the nightly bonfires. They have a special place in my heart. They remind me of the first time God lite a fire in my heart almost 10 years ago. Just like God, bonfires bring people together in a community, burning marsh mellows, admiring the starry sky, and for just a few minutes, nothing matters except for the people we’re with and the nature we’re surrounded by.

With a genuine smile, my mom repeated many many times as we sat by the fire…

“This is life. Life is simple.” 

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