I went for a long walk today.
I had dedicated the morning to the course I’m studying and had unaccountably come to a stop, unable to find the information I needed to start the assignment.
My children were away and my time was my own. What to do?
So I went for a walk. At some point I decided I wanted to see the river, so I walked further than I would normally walk.
I walked along the gravel road, past dusty grassy verges. I said hello to horses, cows, dogs and various little birds that love to make their home in in the tangled weeds along the road.
As I walked, the peculiar light of winter shone upon me and within me, both dazzling and gentle. I swung my arms high and felt the muscles of my back and hips loosen. The soles of my shoes slipped a little on the tiny road stones. I felt strong and free.
I found a new spot from which to look upon the river. The ground was pock-marked from cattle hooves and damply green. I sat on a particularly luscious perch:
And surveyed one of my favourite places. In summer it is a noisy, splashing riot, with the neighbourhood’s children cooling down after a hot summer’s day. In the winter, it is cool, calm and slightly reserved. I love it any way it comes.
I sat here for some time. Don’t ask me what I thought – lots of nothing really.
On my way home I felt newly connected, more aware. I could feel my body’s energy flow buzzing and tingling in my feet and hands, which I only notice when I am present.
I was struck by the beauty of this gum tree against the winter blue of the sky.
And also struck by my new desire to take pictures while walking 🙂 I am absurdly pleased with myself and at the same time know that I am a complete idiot and quite possibly a narcissist as well.
Just up the road is the big hill that I have a love/hate relationship with. I hate it because it’s so long and steep, and it hurts me. I love it because when I have reached the top, I feel so damn good, all flushed with oxygenated blood and endorphins, I could skip the rest of the way home. It helps that the rest of the way is down hill 🙂
How’s the beautiful half moon?
What place in nature do you go to recharge?