“All truly great thoughts are conceived while walking.” ~ Friedrich Nietzsche
Firstly, welcome to Lydia on Life
It’s very rare that I get a Saturday like this. Where the sun is shining (even though it’s still cold) and I wake up early in the morning to an empty house. Where I have the choice of doing anything and nothing.
I had planned to wash my hair but I wasn’t in the mood for the process. You must be in the mood if you plan to wash 4C natural hair. So after reading up on a few blogs, I decided to do something different with my Saturday. Something I hadn’t done in years. I decided to take a walk in the park.
To some, this may not be a big deal but to me it is. I can’t remember the last time I took a stroll through my local park. I drive past it every day on my way to work but never walked through it. I guess when things are always there you feel it will always be there.
I won’t lie, I played with the idea for a while. I went on social media, watched TV, ate junk, spoke to K, checked on my car and did other things to waste time. But it felt like time was moving very slowly to me. So, I took it as a sign. A sign to stop putting things off till next time and do them now when it’s in my mind.
And I did. I showered, got dressed, grabbed my camera and earphones and made my way out. I chose to ignore any messages or notifications on my phone while I was out. It was time for me, myself and I (and my camera). It was time to explore the world I live in rather than passing it by.If it was important they would call.
It’s easy to want to drive through life rather than walk through it. I’ve been feeling like that lately. I just want to skip to the part where I’m married, with kids and a fab career. Kind of like the movie Click. You seen it? The problem with that is you miss out on all the details. All the things that make life.
I never knew there was a hill in the park overlooking the entire park. I didn’t know how beautiful and peaceful it is to sit by the lake watching all the birds fly by. Yes, sure I could have Googled it but that doesn’t mean I’ve experienced it. We’ve become too digitalised. It’s like saying I know all the YouTuber’s I watch just because I watch them on YouTube. It’s not the same as knowing them in real life. Something looking peaceful isn’t the same as being peaceful or feeling peaceful.
The sun on my skin, the wind in my hair and the music in my ears made the perfect combination for me to think. To really listen to my thoughts and not be interrupted by the TV, people or the internet. It was nice. It would have been nice to go with someone as it’s the perfect place to talk but it’s good to do things on your own. Love your own company outside of your four walls. I’m working on that.
Think I’m going to make taking a walk in the park a regular habit. Maybe take my dusty old bike that I haven’t used since secondary school next time. Or maybe just hire a Boris bike. We’ll see.
In the meantime please feel free to share your thought. What are some ways you spend with yourself outside of your home?
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P.s: The pictures were ok but not as clear as I’d like. Still getting to know my camera. I will start uploading more of my own pictures once I get the hang of things.