Thursday, 13 November 2014

Feeling Young

My birthday is tomorrow and I have to admit that I've been feeling a little older lately.  Just lately.  I usually make a concerted effort to feel young.  However, I haven't been going to the gym as often, or getting fresh air.  I haven't practiced guitar or done any singing.  I haven't even written anything. So...

I walked to work today.  I strode on by past the stalled traffic, the tense drivers and their impatient passengers.  I smiled as the wind air-dried my freshly washed hair.  I felt alive as I walked over the bridge that crosses over the 404 and looked down at the parking lot below.

In 2009 (I think I could be rewriting history), I vowed to drive my car to work every day for a year.  I improved my driving in leaps and bounds but the process changed me.  I became a chronic driver.  I began to drive everywhere.  But I grew up as a pedestrian.  I used to carry a backpack, rely heavily on my Metropass and felt carefree without the baggage of a parked car anchoring me down.  It was freedom.  I need to manufacture some freedom.  Maybe this is the form that it will take for now.
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