I miss nature.
I realized today how busy my life is with the have-to-dos, need-to-dos, exhausted from all of the life requirements like working, paying bills, running errands, etc. In the midst of all of the nonstop movement that is life, I don’t take the time I need to decompress.
When I lived in downtown St. Pete, I used to make a habit of daily laps around the lake I lived next to. As a matter of fact, I did quite a bit of walking then. I actually enjoy walking.
I can feel my body trying to tell me it needs to be more active. Where I live now provides me with an incredible opportunity to walk along a tree lined path and eventually past the bay. This is all within five minutes of my home. Why I haven’t taken advantage of that, I don’t know. I’ve convinced myself life is just too busy for that. Reality is, life is never too busy to take care of oneself.
I’ve now made the commitment to take a daily walk for two reasons. First, I know is will improve my health and keep me motivated. Second, my mind is very calm and free of extraneous thoughts when I’m walking, which enables me to think about poems I’d like to write and projects I’d like to complete, a much needed boost for my creative life right now.
I’m offering this great article to further articulate the benefits of walking. Enjoy!