Midlife Musings : “Put Yourself in the Way of Beauty” – Cheryl Strayed

Since my surgery earlier this year, I have been religiously doing my 30 minutes of morning and evening walks, as the Doctor prescribed. I am still not approved for any other form of exercising. But in the last two and a half months, I have come to love these walks. I look forward to them and they rejuvenate me unlike anything else I have tried before, except for the dancing maybe πŸ™‚

My morning walks are therapeutic because I get my daily dose of sunshine and I get to laugh or smile while listening to some of my favourite podcasts. It feels like the day has started on a perfect note. My evening walks a more of an unwinding of the day for me. It helps me de-stress from my job and take a break from the screen. I like the breeze and watching the children run around in the park. And I usually listen to some music during my evening walks and I feel relaxed once those 30 minutes are over.

I was listening to an episode of ‘We Can Do Hard Things’, during one of my morning walks. This particular episode featured Cheryl Strayed. I love Glennon Doyle and I love Cheryl Strayed. I have read Untamed, Wild and Tiny Beautiful Things – all three being such positive and uplifting books. A must have on every person’s book shelf I would say.

Now during this episode, Cheryl quotes a line from one of her books, something her mother used to tell her.

β€œThere’s always a sunrise and always a sunset and it’s up to you to choose to be there for it,’ said my mother. ‘Put yourself in the way of beauty.”.

Wild, Cheryl Strayed

And this line suddenly made me more aware of my surroundings.

I took extra pleasure in noticing the beautiful things within the concrete of my society. Why did I even need to look for beauty outside, when there was so much beauty right beside me?

The sun trying to peep out from the tall buildings made me laugh, because should the sun want, it could engulf us all in a heartbeat and yet, here it is, playing hide and seek..

Who needs to travel to UK to experience Autumn, where there was a bountiful of crunchy leaves on the pavement on a summer morning right here in India?

I could drown myself in the vibrant colours of these gorgeous flowers blooming within the concrete sidewalks!

Who needs a forest to imagine a mystery when I go take a stroll through my favourite little passage in the society and imagine I am entering Narnia or some other magical kingdom on the other side? πŸ˜‰

I’m on the lookout of finding more beauty in the hopeless world we live in πŸ™‚ What about you? I would love to see pictures of beauty that you found within hard and concrete circumstances in the comments πŸ™‚

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