When was the last time you took a walk to explore your city or town?
I don’t do it often enough, that’s for sure. In an effort to reconnect myself with where I live, I decided to simply take a walk. Not many of us live in areas where walkability is a big thing, so we’re often left driving to a specific location and avoiding all the things around us. I’m guilty of this, too! We always feel like we have so many things going on at once that it’s hard to carve out some time to discover new things.
I’ve made a commitment to reconnecting with my city. It’s beautiful, full of diversity and things I’ve never discovered. All cities have hidden gems and they’re just waiting for you to seek them out. I love walking along our riverfront, taking in the architecture of buildings built over 100 years ago. There are so many details, both new and old, that I’ve never noticed or taken the time to enjoy.
So, every week I’ve made myself a promise to explore somewhere I’ve never been, or take the time to visit someplace I’ve seen often and just observe. There is beauty in letting yourself absorb what is around you without hustling and bustling to the next thing. We have new restaurants, a great independent bookstore, an ever-growing farmers market and plenty more!
There are people who meditate and this is my meditation. For an introvert like me, it can be difficult to muster up the courage to just “get out there” but every time I do, I walk away feeling refreshed.
So, what have you discovered about your city lately? Any areas you’re looking to explore or places you’ve been that you need to reconnect with? Let me know some of the places or things you love about your town!