~ one of my most favorite pieces of electronic music ~
Until last year, I had the habit to go on foot a lot. I used to walk into the city or back when I needed to go there, or went for walks in the nature surrounding the place where I live. Walking used to be my favorite kind of exercise because it is gentle yet effective, it takes you out to the light and the fresh air and the nature, and it helps to elevate mood and makes you feel better inside your body. However, when I started taking my final exams, in the following months the constant learning stress gradually exhausted me so much that all kinds of movement became too exerting to engage in. On some days even breathing seemed to be too much. I had run off energy completely, and walking did not take place anymore.
The nasty thing about severe exhaustion is that it does not allow you to do the things anymore which actually are good for you and would help you revive your spirits under better circumstances. You are cut off from the ressources you usually rely on, and the only thing you can do it put yourself to bed and rest – which again is not a good idea if you suffer from inner tension that appears to be unbearable when you cannot distract yourself from it by some activity. So you end up restless, exhausted, and frustrated, and you are caught in that unhappy state of being and do not know how to get out of it.
In the past few weeks, I have tried different things to lower the tension and they helped a little, so that some energy has come back. I still feel shattered for several hours every day, but there are times when I can play the piano, go outside, read, or even work a little. Last Sunday, I felt not only that I needed some movement but actually was able to get some, and since the wheather was quite nice for once – not too cold and not rainy – I asked Peter to go for a walk with me.
We went up the hillside on one of my favorite trails. The lovely thing about Heidelberg is that you do not have to go very far to be in the middle of nature, however the not-so-lovely thing is that getting there usually involves going uphill for half an hour.
~ branches and evening sky ~
It was lovely to see all of this again, because I am going to move away by the end of the month, and until then a lot of things have to be put into boxes and the new apartment has to be painted, so I had not expected to visit this trail once more before I leave.
When you have gone this far, you already know that you have gotten some nice exercise. It was still cold, but walking uphill was quite demanding so that we did not need to take overly warm clothing.
~ the husband ~
~ the wife ~
~ evening view of Heidelberg ~
Soon I will change this otherworldly timelessness for 20th century urban industrial culture, but I am looking forward to it because it will get me close to the husband. Also, I am not worried that I will find nice walking opportunities there – the new place is enchanted as well, you know? But in a completely different way, as you will see soon.
Do you like walking? Do you have a nice trail where you live?