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Running Birmingham (like a tourist)

Sep 13, 2022

By Kathryn Valencia

Published on: September 13, 2022

Village to Village to Village Crestline/English/Mountain Brook

Just coming off travel, on a roll as it were of walking all day with brief sustenance stops, I decided to attempt to keep up the pace at home. I always do this and it inevitably always winds down to my usual run timeframe of around an hour but still an attempt is made and this time Village to Village to Village was my goal. Why not? I mean I do the same amount of exertion on any given day of travel and then some, yet somehow back home it feels a little oppressive. With a list of duties for the day I guess I can understand that mindset. And that’s what it is, isn’t it? When traveling you’re free to do as much or as little as you’d please while back home reality necessities weigh heavy. However, practicing a “travel mindset” is worth the effort and the resulting awareness produces a marvelous effect … enjoyment. I see enjoyment as a practice of receiving, while on the other hand, trying to gain and maintain satisfaction is more on the taking side of the scale. So today, equipping myself with a traveler’s perspective I began the 2-hour excursion, breaking for a pick-me-up at Continental Bakery, the closest I’ve found to french pastries. Instead of a hurrying sentiment, thinking of all that had to be done, an inquisitive mind took over, sightseeing as it were in my own backyard. The span of time would have been the same whether taking it all in or simply checking off a task. The difference was in how it was processed … the mindset. From completing a goal to enjoying the experience. It’s all in how it’s received, a small thing really, but transformative. I know days like these are numbered. Reality ultimately always wins. And that’s not a bad thing. But the expanded awareness will prove invaluable and assist the day-to-day to it’s fulfillment with enjoyment.

#EveryExperienceHasValue #Every #Single #One


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