Happy Friday! 🙂
Wow. This week seems to have flown by! Maybe that’s because I made a really big decision and had a great weight lifted off my shoulders? Or maybe it’s because Christmas is in 9 days and I’m not done with my shopping yet? Uuhh…let’s not discuss that…moving on….nothing to see here…..
Anyhoo…it’s Friday! And it’s time for me to share some favorite things from this week! Today, I want to share my 5 favorite things about my morning walks. I know I’ve mentioned that I cannot run right now (okay, fine, maybe it’s been more than a mention…..) but I CAN walk. And walk I do! I usually go out each morning for at least 4-5 miles. I’ve actually started walking some of my old running routes. I’m not positive that’s exactly what the orthopedist had in mind when he told me I could walk but …. semantics….
1. BEAUTIFUL SUNRISES
There’s just so much promise in a sunrise.
2. TIME TO THINK
I used to say that I could solve all the world’s problems while I was out on a run – especially a long run. I’ve written papers, emails, and blog posts in my head. I’ve planned out conversations, thought through problems, and dreamt up new recipes. I still do that but now, with walking, I can take in a little more of the world around me. Now, if I could only REMEMBER how to solve the problems once I get home……
3. SLOWING DOWN
I tend to be a go, go, go kind of person. I get up, get moving, get out the door, go workout or run, cool down a little, shower, change, and go, go, GO. I would see all sorts of amazing things while I was out on a run but I rarely did do more than just SEE it. Now that I’m limited and my pace is actually physically slower, I’ve been able to take the time to actually appreciate what I’m seeing and experiencing while I’m out and about. I’m still pretty much a go kind of person but I’ve gotten a little better at stopping, being still, and enjoying the moment.
4. CONNECTING WITH MY COMMUNITY
So, it’s not like you CAN’T connect with your community when you’re out for a morning run but, if you’re me, you’re probably out running before most of the community even wakes up. Nowadays, I’m not heading out the door for my walk until between 7-7:30 am. Other people are out walking their dogs or just themselves (there’s a lady that pushes a dog in a stroller! I need to get a picture of that), parents are standing out at the bus stops with their kids, people are walking out to grab their newspapers or put mail in the mailbox or are getting into their cars to go to wherever it is they are headed. When I walk in the park, I see some of the same people and sometimes, we stop and chat. Okay, that usually only happens if they happen to be walking their dog(s) and the dog wants to say hi. 🙂
There’s a house on one of my routes that has an addition to the garage being built so I’ve been watching that go up. I’ve seen houses sell and people move in and out. I’m friends with two girls that wear the cutest hats at one of the bus stops I pass. I know where all the neighborhood kitties are (#crazycatlady) and I know where all the dogs are. I wave at all the bus drivers and they all wave back. It’s good. It’s comforting. I love where I live!
5. EXPERIENCING THE LANDSCAPE
I say experiencing rather than enjoying because it’s nature – it’s seasonal and fluid. When I walked past this tree a couple of days ago, it was mostly bare and there were bags of these beautiful leaves in clear plastic bags around the tree trunk. I’m watching nature grow and change regularly and I’ve become a part of it. Seasons change and as they do, we tend to reflect on different things because of the feelings those changes evoke. If you’re just looking at it – oh, hey look, that tree’s pretty – you’re not really seeing the beauty of it all.
Hmm…maybe I’ve got too much time to think….. 😉
So, there you have it. I hope you’ve had a terrific week! Hope your weekend is warm and snuggly!