I kind of forget my point. And I had a really good point! Dammit.
It had something to do with getting back to my routine of walking every morning in the park ~ of rising very early, grabbing my water bottle and a camera - any camera - and hitting the trail. I'm happy about this because being in nature is good for my head, good for my soul and any physical benefits are a bonus.
So although the skies were threatening yesterday (and it did pour later) I strolled down familiar paths with my little pink Nikon Coolpix - you know - the one I wanted so badly because it was pink. And I use it about once a year.
There were clouds in the water as well as the sky.
Part of my reason for resuming these morning walks is that I quite often clear my head and/or get ideas when I'm in nature. And I wouldn't mind losing a couple of lbs. so previously I have been obsessed with how many miles I've walked and what my time is. Get that cardio up! So those two things (which when you think about it are a total dichotomy) are usually my intent when setting out. But intent can sometimes backfire.
Because I find I can't concentrate. Because I'm distracted by a pelican.
Or a squirrel. SQUIRREL!!
And I have to stop to get just the right angle
to make some nice bokeh behind those pink flowers.
Wait - how do I turn the macro setting on on this thing again?
And I start slowing down because I'm framing things in my head and then - hey - wouldn't that look cool framed like this.
And then I remembered something I read recently.
The purpose of fishing is not to catch fish.
I told myself. Just stop. Stop trying to control something as simple as a walk in the park. (No pun intended. Or maybe it is...) Maybe the purpose of a walk in nature isn't to solve the problems of the world - or your little life. Maybe the purpose of a walk in nature isn't to see how fast you can do it. I've climbed mountains in my life. I'm done with that. Maybe the purpose of a walk in nature isn't to get the *best* photograph of a bird.
(Full disclosure - I took this pic and the two following
today with my Canon; not the pink Nikon.)
Maybe the purpose of a walk in nature is to just fricking walk in nature. Don't count my steps; don't plan my new business model ~ just be in the moment and Go. For. A. Walk.
And don't even think about what is around the next bend.