I live about half a mile from a park that has some extensive walking trails. It’s a great place to go, even if I do have to walk that half mile to get there. I like to go there and walk to just relax and think about things. Yesterday, my main thought though was that I needed to put on bug spray due to all the mosquitoes in the forest.
Something else that I started thinking about was something that is in my future and is something that I do think about from time to time – traveling overseas. Not so much what kinds of things I’d do while I was there, but really mundane things like the plane ride and the arrival at the airport. I then started thinking about people who go overseas and proceed to eat at a McDonald’s or KFC. I can understand going there and getting something unique to that country, but when you go there to order the same exact thing that you can get here, it kinda defeats the point of experiencing a place.
I did this the first time or two I walked over there last year, and I did it this time as well, but I took along a walkman so that I could listen to the radio. It took me about 30 seconds of hearing the sounds of the forest over the radio to make the decision to just take the thing off and enjoy the peace and (if you ignore the insects) quiet of the forest. A nice side effect of that as well is that after taking the headphones off, I was free to think about what I wanted to think about, not about what was on the radio.
And here are some photos for y’all –