Saturday, January 23, 2016

i took a walk



I've been down lately. There's a pit inside my chest, and it has been difficult to know what to do to get rid of it. So I started feeding some pushy little buntings on my balcony, which made me feel better. I tore apart my classroom and reorganised it to open up more space, which my students seem to appreciate, and that felt good. I bought some rose tea, and orange oil for my incense burner, which has been soothing. I painted a picture with some new watercolours, and that sparked some creativity.

I took a walk.



Beauty is everywhere in Rabat— from intricate geometric architectural elements, to the cascades of bougainvillea that never cease to bloom, there's a lot of loveliness to get lost in on a walk.



I ended up at the Jardin Botanique d'Essais, a green, shady strip of tranquility that feels worlds away from the motorbikes and beeping taxis.



The scent of leaves and layers of birdsong lifted my spirit, and I began to feel like a girl again, inspecting beetles and examining owl pellets under trees. The last couple of days have been brighter— lighter.

3 comments:

sherylmcdougald said...

Harika! Here is some Wiki wisdom. (haha) - "Blue Monday is a name given to a day in January (typically the third Monday of the month) reported to be the most depressing day of the year. The concept was first publicised as part of a 2005 press release from holiday company Sky Travel which claimed to have calculated the date using an equation.

The idea is considered pseudoscience,[1] with its formula derided by scientists as nonsensical."

Nonsensical or not, I felt it too, and blamed it on my dim Pacific Northwest Rainforest and a brief cold spell. Nothing worse than a cold toilet seat, it makes me sooo grumpy. Luckily it is passing, but I had to do sketches of espresso in Rome to help it on its way. :)

Phoebe said...

Thank you for not only sharing these beautiful pictures, but also your story, too. Even though I have nothing to offer, know that when you're writing, there's always someone out there in the world thinking of you. Sending you much love from the eastern US!

szaza said...

Thank you, Phoebe— you have brightened my day!

Espresso in Rome seems like a good cure for the Blue Mondays :)
Thanks Shery!