Meetings can be the worst, stretching on for hours and hours as group members debate minuscule points that everyone else doesn’t care about. At least that’s what it felt like at the end of my work day, when a six hour meeting revolved largely around material specifications and contracts and grants. “That sounds fun!” said no one ever.
When I finally escaped, I was desperate for some outside time, especially since the day had been 75 degrees F and sunny. Someone has to explain to me someday why the air conditioning in Florida is usually set to freezing, even when the weather is perfect on the other side of the walls.
Unfortunately, I forgot my workout clothes, or even a pair of jeans.
I could have gone all the way home to change, but instead stopped in at Oak Tree Park, a small forest patch covering about 25 acres and containing a one mile nature trail loop. The park is mostly used by joggers and dog-walkers, and I knew I would look a little foolish in my dress pants and work shirt. I shrugged my shoulders and set out anyway; at least I was wearing flip flops?
It’s true, I received some odd looks, but it felt so good to be in the open air that I couldn’t have cared less. I did nearly four miles worth of laps, passing over a gurgling creek, listening to birds, and turning my face to the patches of sunlight. After a brief walk at home, I had gained my 10000 steps for the day.