Nature Was My Co-Pilot

29 Jun

I’m glad I finally mastered tuning into my crappiness-mood meter and became aware of when everyday madness escalates to the point where I need to extract myself from the universe in an epic-booster-ejector-seat fashion.

When that bad mood strikes, I usually need to act fast otherwise it can just suck up my entire day and snowball into a disaster. It ends up just ugly and feeling like a Gremlin who got fed after midnight. Then I’m just upset that I’m upset, and that it sucked up my time. The cycle sucks. So when it happened this week … I was on a mission to stop it.

Nature was my co-pilot.

I usually turn to the beach as it is my staycation destination every weekend during the summer. However, with the gloominess that’s taken over I made other plans and the sun managed to join me. I hadn’t been to this place before, so I was pleasantly surprised by the huge expanse. I love it when you can find a mini forest in the middle of a big city. And I loved it even more that this trip to the gardens was free.

You see the fact that I found my escape for free was bonus! There are not a lot of freebies that are really “free”. There’s this thing called restrictions apply, limited access, between the hours of 1-2 only, buy one to get one free, or free to enter but pay for parking.

This was absolutely free … free and beautiful.

Even though every house plant given to me dies, and I can’t keep basil alive, I truly appreciate the beauty of the gardens and flowers that others grow. This garden in particular provided a multitude quiet-thinking spots in kaleidoscope surroundings that plenty of people enjoyed. It provided me with a sense of mindfulness and time slowing down. As I sat on the beach chairs overlooking the pond, I enjoyed checking out the scene, overhearing conversations, and listening to the birds.

I usually take to the water, the track, or the punching bag, and that helps release the frustration that comes with bad mood syndrome. The garden was a less-active and slower approach, but it still managed to help turn things around. By the time I got home there were no traces of foul moods and the peacefulness of the garden came home with me.

Buen Camino, my friends.

 

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4 Responses to “Nature Was My Co-Pilot”

  1. Apple Pie & Napalm June 29, 2019 at 9:21 PM #

    I felt peaceful looking through your beautiful photos! I have those little Gazanias this year and I love them. I can put my earbuds in and get lost outside amongst nature and her jewels. Always take “me days,” because you deserve it!

    • The Guat July 6, 2019 at 10:06 AM #

      Heyyyyyyy glad to see you here! I found your comment in the Spam section. Have no idea why, but glad I found you 🙂 I thought you of all people would love this place. These gardens rocked! I’m so glad I could send you some beauty and peace via awesome flowers. Have a good weekend!

      • Apple Pie & Napalm July 6, 2019 at 1:56 PM #

        WordPress has been acting up lately. It unfollowed several blogs on my reader that I wanted to keep. I couldn’t figure out why they weren’t showing up until I visited their blogs and it asked if I’d like to follow them. Made me so sad they might have thought I unfollowed on purpose.

      • The Guat July 6, 2019 at 10:03 PM #

        No worries glad you were able to find me again 😉 sometimes that system is off I remember I couldn’t log in, and I was locked out for a while. A bug or something… but glad you’re back 🙂

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