My cousin is a good guy. At his wedding he said that he knew his wife was the one for him because she made him feel ‘heart full and soul free’, and this is a stirring description of a feeling that I think we are all pursuing. I believe it can be evoked by all manner of circumstances, I haven’t found the one yet, but I sure have experienced the feeling.
Maybe the most vivid recollection of this ease of being in recent times, was our visit to a friends estate in the highlands of Scotland. We went on a loch, we went in the trees, we went up a hill (munro). We fell asleep to the sound of owls, and awoke to the sound of woodpeckers. We certainly did not worry much, and were immersed into our surroundings in a way that you forget is possible on our small island.
So I left Coulin ‘heart full and soul free’, aware that traffic jams, computer screens and hangovers would quench this feeling before long, but happy that these ups and downs create the contrast of emotion that keep life interesting.