One morning, straight out of bed, we put on our running gear when the sky had just started going from dark blue to a brighter blueish colour – and my immediate reaction: what a feeling to be up and out before the sun!
Going for an early long run, it turns out, does so much for my day: It gives a sense of achievement before even having started working or studying, a general good mood from the fresh air and movement and this super pleasant slight ache making sitting actually feel comfortable for the rest of the day.
I love moving about in nature and the pristine feeling of “this is the right thing to do” when I run. I love the greens and the warmth of the sun, and the rush of the wind when I fly down a beautiful trail. I like to push to get to the top of a hill, or a mountain, and to dance back down at a breakneck pace.
I like being beneath the clouds, and above the trees. And to rest and take in the views, and to focus all my attention on inhaling the fragrant air.
I appreciate the simple feeling of being alive when my heart beats fast or when I calm down and feel my body buzzing to adapt.
And I cannot but stop dead in my tracks when I see a beautiful setting of trees, or a peculiar pattern of light on the grass, or a butterfly flying past or a squirrel on a tree. I take a lot of photos because I cannot stand the transience of those moments.
And the mindset that looks for these motives is the mindset that sees beauty and precious fragility in every direction. It is how I like to view the world.