I’m a runner, but lately I’ve started just taking walks* through my neighborhood. I don’t know what started it, but I’m kind of in love with the slower pace—I notice so much more and have time to be curious about the things I literally run by lol.
The other day, I found a secluded path next to a park, at the end of which was an plank-and-rope tree swing. I swung on it for like 20 minutes listening to a baseball game go on in the distance. Now I go back there and read or play Mario Kart—feels like my own little place.
I’ve also found new restaurants and alleyways filled with interesting details about the ways people put out their trash or decorate their yard. I found one home in my neighborhood with a yarn tapestry to which passers-by are encouraged to contribute. Reminds me of the bridges onto which lovers are encouraged to put locks on.
Anyway, I’ve just found some enchanting stuff. My neighborhood is on a mountain that overlooks a valley, and it’s full of stuff I’ve never slowed down to look at. Where are the places you find work for you when taking a walk? Have you found anything that surprised you? Did you have any thoughts or feelings you think you might not have normally?
*although i’m using off-the-shelf vernacular for exploring a place, it is a bit ableist. if you are someone who cannot walk, please feel welcome to share your experience!