It was a long week in Virginia. This was the first week I had a day off in my stent up there and I had big plans of seeing the town. After getting some sleep, I headed down to start my car, however my car had a much different plan. Sitting in Virginia, hours away from the people you would normally call to come get you and being very low on funds, is not a good feeling. After a few hours of phone calls, two car parts shops, scaring a poor car parts store man with my near breakdown into hysterical laughter (because laughing is better than crying right?) and $200 later, my car was back in working order. Lucky for me, my parents and boyfriend are awesome enough to throw me a life preserver from 400 miles away.
This situation made me appreciate how fortunate I am to have people to call to help me when I need it. As the afternoon gave way to evening, I was not in the best of moods. I was feeling like quite a failure and my day of exploring the town had gone to waste. I was in need of some peace and perspective.
This led me to a local marsh near a large river that has been turned into a nature preserve. Walking trails follow the river and many of the local folks go there to run and walk their dogs.
I pulled in and immediately took a deep breath. The sun was sinking in the sky and the air was quiet. I followed the trails and looked onto lilly pads full of frogs. I saw lovely marshy grasses where blue herons spoke in low grunts to each other. With each step deeper into the trails I let go of the very bad day and long week I was having.
After a few miles, I felt like a new woman. I had a much better attitude and perspective on the day. I walked out of the trails with a grateful heart and a smile on my face.
Until next time…