Our happy place

It seems like every week, heck almost every day there’s something horrific happening in the world. It saddens me to no end that this is the world we live in now. A world where you have to worry at every turn. I don’t want to live in fear. So what do I do? How do you avoid it when you live outside DC, where the news is almost always inevitably bad?

Well folks, I’ll tell you what I do. I turn off the damn TV. Or if I want to avoid news, I turn it to Bravo or Modern Family or something that isn’t so dire. I try not to read stuff on my phone. I go to yoga. I play with Tucker. I walk with Tucker.

I’ve written about Long Bridge Park before, which is our favorite park. The one really sucky thing about LBP as we affectionately call it is that it has zero shade, making it hard to walk to on those hot humid summer days. We’ve been in a heat wave this week and I was fortunate enough to be able to take him Sunday morning when the heat and humidity subsided, but I didn’t know when we could return this week. I’ve been getting up earlier and earlier to be able to give him a nice walk in the morning before it gets too hot and last night I decided I would try and wake up around 5:10, check the weather and see if we could go to LBP before sunrise. When my alarm went off, all I wanted to do was ignore it, but I laid there for a few minutes, checked the weather and determined we could go.

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Alarm setting…complete with motivational saying.

After I got myself dressed (and Tucker out of bed), all I had to say was “wanna go to LBP?” He was off! I know you may roll your eyes at this, but he always knows exactly where we’re going when I say LBP. He seemed a bit down last night since we couldn’t really walk in the heat, but he was a happy puppy this morning. We got to the park right as the sun was rising, and only a few runners were there. This is my favorite time in the park- while it never gets overly crowded, there’s always a few games going on, runners, other dogs, etc the later we go.

Today we virtually had it to ourselves (the same can be said during the winter months- I feel like we own that park then!) It was so peaceful there. Because of the early time (before 6 AM!) there were no planes that we could hear coming to and from Reagan Airport. I didn’t think about the big bad scary world, I just reveled in the happiness that was Tucker. I unplugged myself.

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Tucker at Long Bridge Park at sunrise

I hope you are able to do that in some way this weekend- whether it’s playing with your pet, watching something fun (we’re going to see Secret Life of Pets!), or something else. It’s good to step away from what’s going on in the world and focus on what matters most to you- whatever that may be.

You can read more about the history of Long Bridge Park here. It’s pretty cool!

One thought on “Our happy place

  1. Beautiful post. Watching the news lately has been depressing and terrible. Sometimes it seems as if the world is going insane with so much hate and atrocities everywhere. But, just like you, I try to find happiness and beauty in the things I do and in the people and dogs I encounter along the way. I used to live in Odenton, MD, about 1/2 hour from DC, and I remember waking up at 6am to walk my dog and those that were staying with us. We walked for about an hour or so, and again around 9pm. It was too hot to walk them any other time. I see you do something similar. Take care.

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