It is now month 3 since I decided to purposefully walk the blues away. I have been recording the mileage and taking photos along the walks, trying to find something beautiful even in mundane neighborhoods.
When I walked on New Years Eve, and made these plans, I thought I would be walking and exploring trails all over South Carolina. I thought I would have more time to devote to the plan. After all I was a very new real estate agent with no clients. I was spending time in my business, but not hours and hours. Of course I wasn’t making money either, so I added a part time job to the mix. And the clients came. I am glad, I am grateful, but I am not walking as I wished.
Another problem is boredom. With less time, I just leash the dog and walk my neighborhood and surrounding areas. These are nice walks, it is exciting to observe the change in seasons along familiar paths, but I am tired of suburbia. I am tired of traffic, barking dogs, houses after houses and pavement. This is not to say I am not enjoying the walks, just that I crave a change in diet.
Since January we have had dreary days, and sunny days, rain and ice, and one ice storm that broke branches and killed plants all over South Carolina. Now it is early spring. Bulbs are popping out of the ground, a few early trees are blooming and leaves are beginning to emerge. On today’s walk I passed many homeowners working in their yards. Dogs barked at me, windows were open, and the sun was almost hot.
I feel better, and I assume the walking is helping. Even though I don’t have time to walk far, or as often as I would like, the walking is outside, is exercise, and is somewhat regular. I wonder how I would be feeling now if I had said, I have no time and can’t walk far anyway, so why bother. Even a little of a good thing, is a good thing.
I have had the opportunity to walk in the Bahama's while on a vacation
And to walk in the neighborhood behind my Grandmother's nursing home. Beauty can be found everywhere.