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May 09, 2023
Nature therapy is a thing - no really, it is! People who know, know exactly what I'm talking about.
In the past, I didn't put too much stock into this being "a thing". 2 of my dearest friends have sworn by the power of walking and soaking in the sights and smells of a nature trail. Those friends and I then decided to celebrate 30 years of friendship by heading "across the pond" to tackle the West Highland Way in Scotland.
The West Highland Way is a self guided walking trek starting from Milngavie and ending in Fort William. It's a bit of a doozy for distance clocking in at 154km so we're doing it over 8 days. The view of the mountains are working very hard against the voices saying "What, are you crazy for attempting this?"
To get ready for this craziness, I bought a fancy new pair of trail shoes and I started pounding out the km on a trail by my house. I decided that breaking in my new shoes and working up my endurance was a pretty smart idea so I don't die somewhere on the outskirts of Loch Lomond. The more I got out though, the more I started to soak in the sights and smells of the trees. Whether it rained or whether the sun was peaking through, I started to understand why people did this.
On Easter Sunday, I decided to head out in the morning to get a good walk in before my family came for dinner. It was sunny, the weather was a tad cool and it was a quiet morning on the trail. Out of nowhere, I started crying....! There was no warning for the tears but they came and they came hard. It's hard to pinpoint a reason for why this happened so suddenly. Perhaps I was feeling sad because our kids are growing up and doing awesome things with their lives. It could also be that I'm working through some childhood trauma and felt a little extra vulnerable that morning. With all of that going on, I guess I had some stored up "stuff" that needed to be released.
Whatever the reason for the tears, nature therapy became a very real thing for me that morning and now I go on trail walks for different reasons than the ones I started out with. My feet will understand this over time right? Xx
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