5 Miles at Sunrise

It’s funny, I don’t really do things by myself anymore. Not because I can’t or don’t want to, it’s just because I love spending time with my partner. They are my best friend in the whole world and I love to share experiences with them. So today, I decided I was going to go on an adventure by myself and take my inner artist on a date. I got up even earlier than when I have to work, took the bus downtown, and I walked to Kerry Park. For those outside of Seattle, Kerry Park is a viewpoint north of downtown where pretty much all of the photos of the Space Needle you’ve ever seen were taken. I made it just in time to watch the sunrise behind the skyline of my favorite city. It was about 30 degrees out and my face went numb and my glasses kept fogging up as I took pictures, but damn did it feel good to get out there and experience life so early in the morning.

When you suffer from anxiety like I do, it can make your world feel so small. It’s hard to remember there is anything outside of your nervous stomach and buzzing mind. Taking the time to explore and exist in the world with no particular plan of action was very calming for me. I was able to see things I wouldn’t normally notice and I was able to experience the world in a way I’m not used to.

I ended up walking 5 miles around the city- way more walking than I usually partake in on a typical Monday morning. It felt good to move my body and I was so sore when I got home. I had forgotten how great that can feel.

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