About One Planet One Place


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There is pleasure in the pathless woods, there is rapture in the lonely shore, there is society where none intrudes, by the deep sea, and music in its roar; I love not Man the less, but Nature more.

Lord Byron
On the 23rd August 2015 I phoned my mother. I was living in France and my mother in Wales, UK. Mum had lost her love (my step father) 2 years previously and I wanted to check in with her to see how she was doing. Mum always had so much passion for life. She was incredibly creative and at the age of just 78 she had more energy and love for life than someone in their twenties. On this Sunday night she sounded happy and we chatted a while. I asked her if I could interview her about her life and growing up during the war so I we could preserve her memories for all of our children and grandchildren to come. I also said that I'd like to start sending her money so she could finally put her feet up and do what she loved to do and that was her creative work in her little sewing room at the farm. Mum had always wanted to travel to Italy and see all the sights there, she realised she now could achieve this goal. Mum was in tears of joy that I would do this for her. We talked more about all the things she wanted to do and her plans for the future. We ended the call as we usually do by saying 'I love you'.

Tuesday 25th August 6am I was getting ready to go out and feed the animals at the farm and I picked up my phone and saw a message from my brother telling me to call him urgently. I called and he sounded awful. I asked what the matter was, he said Mum had had a stroke the night before and they were in the hospital. Then an hour later Chris called back to tell me the bad news, Mum had passed. I fell apart, I couldn't take in the news, this wasn't real, my rock had shattered apart.

Writing this now is bringing back all the memories and the pain of that moment. Good job it's not on paper as the tears would make it unreadable.

After mum passed I moved back from France to Wales, my relationship had fallen apart. I was a different person and was struggling to come to terms with mum being gone. I needed to be back home in the UK. I needed to get my head together, to try and understand my emotions and pull myself back to the real world again. I went back to live at my Mum's farm in Wales. It was now empty and needed someone there to look after the place. It's a big place with a fair bit of land to look after. The first few months were very painful and lonely. Luckily I had my dog Amber and my step-father's old dog William to keep me company.

The time here alone at the farm and surrounded by sea, mountains and family had given me the headspace I sorely needed and made me realize that the World is truly a magical place and that I'd missed out so much by rushing around, getting stressed by stuff that doesn't really matter.
Mum passed having some of her dreams still in tact and she wasn't ready to go by a long shot.
It's sad that we have to have something so painful to happen in our lives in order to make us sit up and pay attention to what really matters.
If I look back (which isn't always a good thing) I've spent so long chasing the dollar. Getting stressed and angry at life because it wasn't going how I wanted or, giving me what I needed (like the world owed me a living). I've worked so hard in the past and I feel for what. Did the lifestyle make me happy? No. Did it make me feel connected to my friends and family? A huge NO. My soul felt lost.

I don't want to pass away like my Mum, with some of my dreams still in tact.
I want to live a life where I feel nourished and more connected.
It was only after living in France for a year and being told that I should focus on my photography and on my trips back to Wales that I also discovered climbing and trail running with my brother Chris that I found my calling. And now having had this time alone and to clear my head that I now know I am on the right path.

I find when I am outside in nature I feel totally connected and at peace.
Being able to photograph Mother Nature's beauty fills me up. There have been so many times now where I have been moved to tears at the sheer beauty of what I have witnessed when up a mountain or walking along a beach and watching a sunrise, something I never had from when I was busy being busy and disconnected

My aim with One Planet One Place is to provide the resources and inspiration through my photography, podcasts, writing and videos to help those also searching for a path to find it and get to a place where you also feel connected and at peace but also to find your passion and fall back in love with life again.

I don't want one of your relatives to get a call to say you've passed away and them to be writing something like this about you passing with your dreams in tact.

I wear my mother's wedding ring on a cord around my neck, and every day, when I put it on or take it off before bed, I give it a kiss and remind myself of her love and passion and this reminds me that life is precious, sacred, beautiful and also so short.
I have so many plans I want to accomplish, places I want to see, relationships I want to strengthen and become deeply connected with. What do you want?

Let's live this life with passion and connection because we all deserve it.
With love and gratitude x

Simon Jordan
Founder of One Planet One Place

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