While studying at uni, the pressures on me were crushing and having to raise children within a tight budget, the only affordable release I had was to go for a walk. I did this three times a day, totalling 12 kms (approximately 7.5 miles) every day. I walked fast as if it would distance me from all that overwhelmed me on the day. I was slender as a reed.
Now my steps are more measured. And, despite the frenetic pace of professional life, my personal life, is measured too. I touch base with me when I walk. It is meditative. I am whole. It renews me. My pace is slow. Of course the down side is, I am no longer slender as a reed!
I’ve been in Esperance for the last few days and returned home this afternoon. It was cloudy but warm and balmy and quite unusual for that town. As is my routine, I woke early this morning and headed out to the Bay and my other favourite spots. I love to walk here in the mornings.The Whale Tail is iconic. I’d love to rip up every other structure within sight so the beauty of this sculpture can be fully appreciated.Before dawn, the colours across the Bay were beautiful in pale blues and greys. This is a town where I feel so safe and secure. It is my soft place to land each month.I walked around Windabout Lake where the pelicans cruised like ocean liners.Across the board walk, the bankia cones were everywhere.And just when I thought I was alone!A joey. Look at those eyes!
I’ve come to realise when I go for a walk each day, there is so much about me I leave behind intentionally. I know a walk in nature, is where I find the authentic me.
Until next time
a dawn bird