But right now I wanted to talk about what you can't see in the pictures (maybe some of you can, in fact, I know some will be able to see what I see).
Every Wednesday I have a writing class in the mansion, and every Wednesday I get to walk down this incredibly peaceful path to get there. I love the way the trees climb high on both sides of the one-way street, and the way the air touches my face and then makes its way through my hair. I love the way this path alters its appearance throughout the year, as the leaves change colors, fly in circles before falling, and then come alive again in spring. The scenery on this entire campus is always presenting itself in a brand new light of attractiveness to me. Each time I find myself captivated and moved to...something going on inside of me, I wish that I had Mikey or a special friend there to share it with. It makes me really, really happy to drive and walk through FDU.
Here's a picture I took today while I was having one of my usual moments. (I've always found light posts simply charming.)
This was my caption for the picture on facebook. It was everything I was feeling right then and there, and I wanted to get it out and share with my friends:
I have never felt more at one with the trees, the sky over my head and the air around me as I do every time I walk down this path. I know it doesn't look like much, but I'm completely taken away with it, each time walking with my head up and sometimes my eyes closed. One of these days I'm going to take a bad fall or bump into someone, but maybe I won't. Maybe nature will look out for me since I've taken such a fascination to her beauty. That undeniable beauty, even with these bare branches. I love it.
When I get to my car after having walked this stretch, I frequently smile and breathe in silence for a minute and think about the scene in the movie "Garden State" where Natalie Portman talks about Zach Braff being "in it". I seem to find myself "in it" quite often.
*"In it" basically means having those strong, deep moments where it's almost like there's something magical and really significant going on in your head, heart, body, etc...aka "real shit" (what I jokingly refer to it as). By the way, if you haven't seen the movie, you need to.
I wish that everyone in the world had a little place (or places) that made them feel the way this quiet stretch makes me feel. It truly is magical, and I am thankful for it. It humbles me with every step and let's me know just how small I am in this world....like nothing is that big of a deal while I'm taking these strides. I could go on with this, oh, could I. But I'm going to stop this post here.
I hope you enjoyed.