Luckily, I have been somewhat blessed with good genes. I would say that I have above average intelligence, open-mindedness, health, and looks. Now, maybe all of that is a social manifestation of my perception, I’m only as smart as I am for I’ve only experienced what I’ve experienced… and so on for each quality. I grew up with parents who shared the appreciation of life and the necessities with their children. From a young age, I was following a holistic lifestyle. This doesn’t mean that everything was perfect…just that I didn’t take for granted the things that a lot of people take for granted. Maybe that is an over generalization, or maybe, being a privileged American, I have no idea what it means to appreciate the “necessities”.
Both of my parents found local food a passion since I can remember. Even before living in Michigan, we were part of CSAs, food cooperatives, pot-lucks, and farmer’s markets. I remember going to remote farms when I was younger; playing with the animals; seeing how a self-sustaining lifestyle worked. I was in awe when I was young – from the age of 4 to 13. Then, when we did move to Michigan, we lived on a communal farm. I lost the appreciation, falling into the societal expectations of being a teenager…you know…going against whatever your parents think is right. Thankfully, I can look back and see how those experiences shaped who I am today. Did I mention that I’m extremely happy with where I’ve come from and where I am today. Your story is your story, no matter what it is, it is yours and it is beautiful.
Sorry for that sidetrack, I just thought I should explain a bit about myself so you get a better understanding of my story and experiences that I share with you during the next few weeks!
Going back to the main topic…I do not actively participate in a form of exercise. This doesn’t mean that I don’t enjoy it or that I’m not good at sports…I can actually hold my own in many activities. I just have never found my niche. I’ve never been in love with a sport, hobby, or an activity. I really like yoga, especially hot yoga, but it is a bit out of my price range. I like to run, but I’m not good (I can’t run more than a mile or two) so I don’t do it often. I don’t really like the gym, as I think exercise should be a personal experience. I’ve worked in a gym before, and I really didn’t like the atmosphere of competition that it created.
However, one thing I’ve always enjoyed is nature, walking, and taking pictures. The weather has been beautiful for the past few days and I’ve been able to enjoy a number of good walks. I’m grateful that I live in a town that is connected to so many amazing trails, parks, and hidden gems. The past two nights I’ve been able to walk home from spending time with first my mom, and then my best friend and her son. Walking around my town brings joy in my heart. There are friendly faces, beautiful views, and interesting thoughts are always on my mind.
I’ve always been known to walk away anger. I find this very relaxing and one of my favorite de-stressers. One of the biggest arguments I’ve had with a person has been my mother. I walked 13 miles because I was angry and decided I’d rather just walk away the anger than fight with my mom. I was mature enough to know she’d end up being right in the long run and the short-term fighting wasn’t worth it. After about 10 minutes into my walk, I forgot about the fight, and just started thinking about all the little things I was experiencing in the moment. There is something to say about introspection, especially when we’re experiencing intense emotions like anger, jealous, and grief.
I know that I should do more cardiovascular activity, and being young, a lot more than just walking. But that doesn’t mean to detract from the importance of walking; whether it’s a bit further from your car, or to your favorite restaurant in town, or around the block, just to see the sunset. After being able to enjoy the beautiful weather the past few days, I’m determined to make changes in my fitness life over the spring cleanse!