By Laken Radvansky
Why don’t I go on walks more? As soon as I stepped out onto the porch I was immediately greeted by a kiss. The sun looked happy to see me and I too, was happy to see it; happy to feel it. I hadn’t enjoyed it lately. The air tasted sweet and unfamiliar. The leaves felt rough and reminded me of the past few days. My shoes clicked on along the sidewalk as I moved- a sound I hadn’t heard in a while.
I hadn’t taken a deeper look at the outside world like this in a while. The cool breeze wrapped around my neck as my fingers turned white. Walking, one foot in front of the other, it felt like time was passing slowly. For once, I didn’t feel rushed. I was enjoying myself. Is this what not having any stress feels like? For once, my mind was clear. I could only think about the next few steps in front of me. Birds were singing in the trees, reminding me that there’s more to this life than deadlines and studying. Neighbors walked by with cheerful smiles and “How are you’s?”
As soon as they passed, silence overtook my thoughts. Not just any silence, a peaceful silence. The sidewalk seemed to go on for miles but I didn’t mind it. I was loving every minute of being out without a care in the world. Dogs barking in the distance, squirrels frantically digging, and children laughing filled the air. The air began to thicken as I walked along the path and my breathing began to speed up. My joints were tightening and the desire to go home was increasing steadily but I didn’t want to give in. It is not often that I can take a walk because most of the time, I am too busy to enjoy the little things. So I decided to take it slow. I could hear my heartbeat in my ears as my breathing calmed.
The sun came out from behind a cloud and greeted me with one last kiss on the cheek as if to say goodbye for the evening. With this, it quietly disappeared and the night took over. The birds were no longer singing and the squirrels were no longer digging. The calm had taken over and everything went to sleep. I didn’t sleep though. The air was chilly at this point and the streetlights flickered but I didn’t care. For a moment, I was invisible to the world. No one could tell me to do an assignment or ask me a question that needed an answer that I probably don’t have. I was relaxed. I was happy. I was living.
Radvansky is a public relations senior