I suppose that inspiration can come from the oddest, perhaps most unexpected place. In this case, I keep going back to a particular conversation that I had with my boss about comfort zones and such. He said that I make my job look easy, that I do an excellent job, but that he wanted me to step out of the comfort zone.
Of late, I’ve been giving myself more physical challenges. First, the hike with Vanessa that I wrote about, now, I’ve taken to the hills of McDowell Nature Preserve. They are not on the scale of my hike with Vanessa, but those hills will let you know that gravity does indeed exist! Also, I find the park a very peaceful setting in which to walk – it allows thoughts to flow freely and I don’t have to pay attention to crossing the street so much. It’s just about the walk, not really about staying alive and out of harm’s way. I’ve even coined a new word for it, Phike. More than a walk, but not quite a ‘hike’.
This morning’s walk took me along all of the main roads in the park, a total of about 4 miles. What’s different with these 4 miles, vs. the street, is that the park is mostly hills, some gentle, some steep, so I am either going up or down. I tried to maintain my same pace as I do on flat land, but couldn’t quite do it.
About 2/3 of the way through the walk, I paused at the lake, sat down. Almost immediately, sweat started dripping from my forehead. It felt good. I wondered if I could get a ‘selfie’ of it. I took these two pictures, decided that they looked better in black and white, and played with them in Snapseed, saved them, and resumed the walk.
I jogged a couple of times on the way back, once uphill! Anyway, when I returned to the car I felt absolutely wonderful, covered with sweat, and a bit hungry. Now, off to do other things on my list.