Yesterday, I went on a walk.
I didn’t know what I was seeking… peace? Solace? But being in a receptive mode made me attune to all the little details that surrounded me at the time.
I felt like I had entered into a secret world, one to which I didn’t belong. The world of the athletic… the world of the physically active and physically strong. It was one that had always been there, so close to me, but one which I had never sought out on my own. I only gained admittance through someone who belonged to that world. And after I had, I couldn’t believe what I had missed. I was intrigued and had to go back. So I put on my running shoes and went for a walk.
First I walked the running trail along the canal, but I found myself unsatisfied because I really wanted a view of the water… of the river. I became envious of the view of the bikers below whose path was closer to the riverside, and I decided to join the consortium of bikers, runners, and walkers on the bike path.
I probably annoyed some of the athletes on the path, because all I could do as I wandered along was take pictures with my phone. Nature surrounded me and I didn’t want to miss a thing. I went on a walk with intentions of fitness and ended up as a photographer. Haha. I find that…. consoling, interesting, and inspiring. We do what comes naturally to us, I suppose.
The tealish greenish blue of the water…
…the warm, golden glow of the sun on the brown brush…
I found it so beautiful here.
I must have gotten a few strange looks because of my ability to find beauty in the barrenness. But I consider it a good quality…one that brought me a sense of joy in a place many would consider desolate. As I walked along the path, I had an increasing desire to join the ranks of those who were utilizing this space for physical fitness. I didn’t want to just be an observer, an intruder upon this world. I decided I wanted to join it. I wanted to go on a bike ride. Recognizing this, I stood in the sun and felt the embrace of a gust of wind.
And, just like that, the wind left in the same manner from which it came. And I stood in the stillness where, after it left… everything had changed yet everything remained the same.