This morning I walked to Central Park and enjoyed the beautiful buildings and surroundings along my path. I watched the joy of children, people playing with dogs, runners exercising and heard birds chirping. Ah, spring is approaching. That was therapeutic in itself. At age 31, I am still learning what is means to relax, take a moment to breathe in and enjoy the moment.
Growing up along Lake Michigan, I have always found being near bodies of water very calming and safe. While living in San Francisco and dealing with an entirely new part of the country, I would drive to Marin, take the bus to Ocean Beach or watch the boats sail the bay. It always helped me put life into perspective, not only to enjoy the beauty around me, but to provide a comfort when my emotions were all too much to handle.
My Saturday stroll also reminded me of a friend sharing a very powerful video last year from David Foster Wallace’s 2005 Kenyon College commencement speech. It has been a helpful tool to go back to when feeling anxious (or a plethora of other uncomfortable emotions).
It’s so easy to snap at someone, shove someone out of your way or say something hurtful when life isn’t going your way (especially when living in New York City!), but if you stop and take a moment to consider the feelings of others, those annoying parts of life are much more bearable.
Central Park has always provided a stable and comforting environment to me, so whether This is Water, a walk, hobby or friend can help you through those tedious or difficult times, I’ve learned it’s important to take a step back, take a breath and enjoy those little things and moments around you. 🙂
“…if you want to operate on your default-setting, then you, like me, will not consider possibilities that aren’t pointless and annoying. But if you’ve really learned how to think, how to pay attention, then you will know you have other options.” -David Foster Wallace