As I am typing I am ensconced in the covers of a king-size hotel bed, eating a protein bar and sipping a glass of Pinot Grigio. My back and legs are most unhappy after a long day of sitting in the car, sitting on bleachers, and sitting for dinner. I walked as much as possible, but the nerves have been cranky from the moment we left the driveway earlier this morning. The back’s discomfort comes from yesterday’s chiropractic treatment in which Shockwave was tried for the first time. I don’t know if I liked how it felt or how tender my back feels now. The nerve pains in the legs is pretty standard, just a bit angrier than usual. So, despite having a lovely sofa in front of a fireplace in the living room of our hotel suite, I am in the bedroom. Tomorrow will be another long day of sitting in the car. It’s funny how long a three hour drive feels when it hurts to sit.
I am enjoying some wine, because today is my high calorie day of the week and I am “celebrating” my birthday. Kind of. Even with the alcohol, I am short on calories, carbs, and protein…and that’s just going to be the way it goes. Being out of town, we ate dinner at a restaurant. I ate a lot. I cannot eat anymore.
The drive was interesting. I never get tired of looking around me, soaking up the landscapes. My daughter had her music playing in the car. We chatted and we enjoyed being silent. As bits of lyrics would flit through my head, I would feel my emotions surging, crashing like waves against the shore, and I would need to turn my gaze to my passenger window until the tide receded. I am not entirely certain why my heart was so wide open as we drove through fog and mountains and sunshine, but it was in all good ways. Maybe it was just the way certain lyrics arrived as I was enjoying different aspects of the passing scenery and thinking deeply beyond the surface of their appearance. One line in particular said something along the lines of everything being created for me to look upon, and that thought alone echoed the song inside my heart.
We live in an amazingly beautiful world, and I love how every corner of it is something special and wonderful to behold. During today’s three hour tour, I saw snow-capped mountains, waterfalls frozen and still running, all manner of trees and some wearing heavy coats of snow. The river snaking through the trees intrigued me, as it does every time we drive past it. The forest floor catches my eye with it’s carpet of fallen leaves and dead trees and moss covered rocks. The mountain sides with their deep gouges running down and rocky layers pushed violently upward fill me with awe. I love the sky through all of it’s transformations, although nothing will ever compare to a prairie sky.
We could drive past it all and never give it a second glance. Focused on the task at hand or distracted by other things or people inside the car. As much as I enjoy singing along to the music, I will always be one to look out the windows. It brings me pleasure and joy. It turns my heart to the Creator, and it inspires me to be strong and resilient and carefree. Nature teaches me.