Walking outdoors is soothing for my soul. Sometimes, I enjoy a stroll by the beach, listening to the waves crashing and the occasional laughter of families. I feel the grainy sand on my toes and taste the salty air. I hop on the rocks and pick up unusual looking shells. I stare at the rock formations and marvel at Mother Nature.
On other days, I like walking by the lake. The waters are still but the view is beautiful. There are people exercising – walking, cycling, running – on the path. Children play on the jungle gym and I yearn to join them. If it’s quiet, I sit on the swings, reliving my childhood. I notice the trees; some lush green while others a spindly brown. They create a canopy over the little bridge on the path.
Then there are those days where I set out for a walk in the wee hours of the morning. It is still dark apart from the few street lights. I make my way to the playing fields nearby while breathing in the crisp morning air. There is nothing but silence. The occasional walker or jogger passes by. We acknowledge each other knowingly, as only early-risers can. As dawn begins to break, so does the chirping of the birds and the laughter of the kookaburra.
Walking near water or early in the morning drowns out the cacophony in my head. The stress melts away. The what ifs stay at bay. The regrets take a break.
It’s all about putting one foot in front of the other and savouring the moments.
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The prompt for this week is ‘Cacophony’
Our prompt for next week, 11th August is ‘A sight for sore eyes’
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