I’ve been sidelined again from running on the path in our neighborhood forest preserve. It’s one of the things that helps keep my head clear and my anxiety in check. I’ve been forced to slow down, to walk instead of run. I’ve tried to be pragmatic about it, to be grateful for what I can still do instead of annoyed by what I can no longer do. It’s only for a short period after all.
There has been a silver lining to this slow down. I’ve encountered hidden treasures on the trail I would have normally missed in my faster paced runs normally focused solely on pace and distance. I’ve seen fantastical coral color fungi the size of a large cauliflower head. I’ve witnessed the first butterfly of the season and discovered a yellow drenched meadow of flowers. I’ve been within reach of a feeding deer, oblivious and uncaring of my presence.
In the end I’ve gained so much more than I’ve lost. To my surprise, walking has been almost as effective at elevating my mood as running used to be. I’ve enjoyed many podcasts on my walks that have expanded my world view. In the music my mind has wandered, grabbing snippets of inspiration. This post itself was inspired by the song Silver Lining by Mt. Joy. “Take that silver lining and wear it close to your skin,” they suggested.
Often we envision a worse outcome than what actually materializes. We are so singularly focused on the outcome, on the push to drive ourselves faster and better that we lose the best parts of life along the way. Instead, with each setback let’s look towards the silver lining.