The below watercolor was done based on a painting by Tatiana Korolewa which I found on Instagram. The painting is of a place in Russia. Imagine my surprise when I shared it on Facebook and a friend in my hometown, Mangalore shared a photograph of a place that looked similar. It set me thinking of how often we dream of distant lands, faraway things and let ourselves be disheartened because of the inaccessibility; forgetting to appreciate the beauty close and around us.

This post is a reminder to appreciate the beauty at home. I am absolutely certain that the wild flowers, mountains, streams, sun, sand and beaches that you dream about and that make your heart beat race are in your neighborhood too. Thankfully, nature has been kind and provided every country a fair share of beauty. Though there may be a difference in the flora, fauna and temperature, you will still find the calmness that you’re looking for, if you open your heart and change your perspective to things around you.

So, though travelling to other countries may not be possible due to the pandemic, there is no need to despair. Find places that you wish to see, that are a drive away and go. With lesser tourists, hotels providing a better bargain to attract customers, work from home option and the holiday season this is the perfect time to explore.

Before I end, would love to know what you think of the painting and if you have found new places in your city during the lockdown that you felt grateful for. Do share your feedback in the comments section. The name for the painting, ‘Calmness,’ was suggested by an ex-colleague. What do you think of it?

Bye until next time. Explore with care. Stay safe.