This post is not about school.
It isn't about students or assignments or colleagues.
It is about going for a walk.
On Monday, I ended the day in a terrible mood.
I was angry and frustrated because...
well, because doesn't matter.
After school, I needed a break.
I also really needed to get some work done.
When I left school, I knew I needed to do something different.
On the drive home, I realized it was a gorgeous day.
I decided to go for a walk.
There is a park a few miles from my house that I love.
It has a 1.4-mile paved loop path around a little lake.
I went there.
The park wasn't crowded, but there were people around.
Empty parks make me nervous when I am by myself.
I watch too much tv, like CSI and Criminal Minds.
Though I rarely listen to music, I really wanted to drown out my own thoughts.
So, I put in earbuds and turned up some random pop music as loud as I could stand it.
Then I walked.
The day was gorgeous and sunny.
I walked around the lake twice.
There was a turtle sunning on a branch in the water near the shore.
I took a picture of it, it was so exceptional.
A white heron was perched in another spot.
Because I was in a bad mood, I made a conscious effort to smile at the people I passed.
The first lap, I could still feel anger lapping at my mind.
I concentrated on breathing and really looking around.
The second time around, I could feel myself start to relax.
About half way around I realized my pace had changed.
I wasn't charging along anymore.
I was stomping.
I had slowed way way down.
When I smiled at people, it didn't feel so forced.
My feet HURT by the end.
The shoes I had on were not made for that kind of aggressive walking.
But I didn't mind too much.
I felt so much calmer.
The seething irritation had receded and instead, I felt calm.
My need for a change was palpable.
I'm glad I recognized how twisted I was feeling.
Definitely, fixing my bad attitude mattered.
I should do that more often.
Enjoy being outside.
Put aside whatever is bugging me.
Take a real break.
So, I guess the point is that walk can be a very good thing indeed.