There are days when we all need a little walk to clear our heads and make sense of a busy world. Today was for me one of those days where I needed a few steps lakeside to calm my mind, get a little sunlight in the golden hour, and talk about assorted topics with my wife. As we walked we crossed a variety of paths each section was a different experience based off what we were walking on. It seemed to me that every time we crossed onto a new section of the walk our experience changed ever so slightly.
At the start of our walk, we passed up a paved pathway for a rockier path that took us through a wetlands area and closer to the lake. As we walked across larger crushed rock our conversation revolved on the heavier things we are experiencing in life, how we are currently being affected by various topics that ranged from our opinions on politics to the annoyance we had with the excessive dog droppings along the trail(Please folks, pick up after your dog.). After we left the rough path we transitioned for a bit onto the sand and our words became more relaxed and flowed more easily toward happier things and topics that reflected quickly after our footing changed.
We eventually made it to the paved path where we passed other ambitious souls looking for relief in the last hour of sunlight for the day. Our conversation gravitated towards mental health and the courage it takes to humble one’s self and seek out professional assistance in the battle for a better quality of life. We expressed our gratitude about those who showed patience and love through the hard days lifting us when we needed a little extra help to see the good in ourselves.
Ten minutes walking on the smooth and solid ground opened a genuine conversation that allowed for openness and trust with each other. Walking lakeside during the golden hour can truly open anyone to a breath of fresh air and honest conversations that we need to hear.