This morning I had to drop off my car to get an oil change at my usual mechanic downtown. My plan was to take a bus from my house to get back once it was finished sometime in the early afternoon, but I got a wild hair up me bum and decided to walk there. What a darned fine choice that ended up being.
I had forgotten how nice it is to just walk alone. No music, no chatting on the phone or texting. No hurry to get there. It certainly made all the difference that the weather was perfection. A crisp fall breeze with occasional warmth from the sun, peeking out from scattered clouds. Even though I had to walk through some mildly uncomfortable neighborhoods, I was in heaven. To be clear, I'm only uncomfortable when there's a lot of trash on the ground and the houses are in a state of significant neglect. As a homeowner now, I cannot imagine putting that much money into something only to not take care of it. I guess the same mentality is why the interior of my car is often spotless.
I don't remember much from the 5 mile trek, but I know this - I really, really needed that time to sort my thoughts and have some much needed silence.
Do you go for walks regularly these days? Do you make time for some other kind of activity that brings you peace?