It had to be done. I made myself happy.

Yesterday, my head was out of commission. I couldn’t get my brain to cooperate with my mouth. Delayed speaking. Messy phrases. 
Ever had a day like that?
The worst part was, my day never had a chance. That’s just the way I woke up.
Something had to change. I didn’t like struggling to put my thoughts together. Talking, laughing, that’s what I wanted. 
At lunch, I drove home like usual. A flash of trees whizzed by me.  I thought how nice it would be to feel the sunshine on my face. Even the birds were chirping from the tree tops. I veered the car to the left, to the trees, and I pulled up to a nature center not far from my house. It was a perfect thought, feeling the need to be one with nature, so I went with it.
I stayed in my car for a minute or so, watching people power walking and running along the trails. Finally I got out of my car. I slammed the door and I started walking toward the woods. A really great tree spanned out high above my head. I stared up the trunk and a memory floated to the front of my mind. Secret Detective Erika. 8-years-old. Dressed in my dad’s best khaki sports coat and hiding from anything I could see. Neighbors. Traffic. A couple of crazy squirrels. I hid in the bushes, behind a trash can, and I rolled across the yard to climb the nearest tree.  The breeze tickled my cheeks. I forgot about everything. I reclined in that tree and I dreamed.
So that’s exactly what I did on my lunch break yesterday. Yes, I climbed a tree. I’ve got pictures! Take a look.
After a few calming minutes in that tree I realized switching my environment cured my head. I could breathe. I could think. I went back to the office skipping through the front door. People laughed at me, but oh well. Maybe my skipping shook up their day a little too.
When life feels a little heavy, remember the fun things. Open a window, let the breeze tickle your face. Light a candle and smell the delicious aroma sneaking up your nose. Music works too. Pick something fun you haven’t heard in a really long time. Sing.
These are a few of my favorite things. They work for me. What’s your favorite thing?

About Erika Beebe

Author, dreamer, and a momma to a couple of wonderful kids, I try to live life everyday in hope and inspire others along my way.

Posted on January 10, 2013, in erica beebe, Erika Beebe, happy spots, special places., tree climbing. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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