Nature Heals

What a spectacular thing a long walk can do for you both physically and mentally.

Today I woke up in Kansas City at 7:30, drove back to Lawrence with my aunt and my cousins to drop them off at school and then went to a place called T.Loft to grab a healthy, organic, breakfast.

I came home, turned on a documentary about the activist Petey Greene, and took a mid morning snooze.

Afterwards I took a shower, packed a lunch and my camera and headed to the walking trails by the lake. I walked 4.25 miles, listened to some spectacular music on my Discover Weekly playlist on Spotify, took a few photos, and became fully engulfed in my beautiful surroundings.

There was a point where the paved trail ended and a dirt path started to the top of a hill where you could see the entire lake and I honestly teared up. That moment was the happiest I have ever been and I cannot completely explain to you why that is.

I met very friendly people and very friendly dogs, but there was one thing that bothered me while on this trek. I ran into a man twice on the trail on his bike that ignored my greeting, my smile, et cetera. This is something I will never understand. I guess my main argument is, why wouldn’t you be excited that we’re both out here, in this beautiful weather, enjoying the day? I’m having the best time out here and you look like you’d rather be dead. I think that’s something I will never truly understand about people. Never the less, I will always say hi and I will always smile to strangers as I pass.

Coming home, I am very glad to have been able to go on this walk and enjoy this beautiful day and I hope others in good weather can do the same. It’s important to go outside and get fresh air every once in awhile. Feel the breeze run through your hair, and the sun kiss your skin. You deserve it.