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A Solitary Walk


This week has been my spring break from school, and unfortunately it’s been raining hard all week so I’ve mostly stayed indoors.  I’ve been reading a lot though, and have a lot of books checked out on shyness as well as some other books that I’m simultaneously reading (I read too many books at once).  I did meet up with some friends for volunteer work at school on Monday though, and did some work for my internship yesterday and helped the client see where his water usage was going.

Today was finally a sunny day though, at least on and off it was, as it’s been raining today too.  After spending my morning reading a book on shyness and taking notes, I decided it was a good day for a walk.  So I got dressed and asked my mom if she wanted to go with me, but she didn’t really.  I was thinking of calling my neighbor to see if she wanted me to take the dogs today or not, since she was home today.  I was sort of hesitant about calling, but then just pressed the button and did it without feeling any nervous symptoms thankfully.  It turns out that she didn’t want me to take the dogs today since she was going to take them, but at least I asked.  I gave myself a little pat on the back afterward, haha. 🙂

I wondered if I should just stay home then and not go walking, since my mom didn’t want to go and I didn’t need to take the dogs today.  I decided to go out on my own, even though it’s been a little while since I’ve walked around on my own and I prefer to be with people or the dogs.  I feel more self-conscious when I’m on my own when it comes to exercising.

As I walked and all these cars drove past me, I did notice that I felt kind of anxious though and couldn’t focus on my thoughts as well as I would have liked.  I felt like each person passing by in their car was watching me and I was very self-conscious about my movements and expression.

I made eye contact with, smiled, and said hi to every person I passed though, and they each said hi back to me, or nodded or smiled.  I walked until I reached the park, and then ran a lap around it and walked some of it.  I went over to pet a cute dog  that was going crazy with excitement trying to go over to me, and I talked to the owner (and the dog) for a little while, said it was nice to meet him, and then moved on.  I ran up the hill on the way home, and by the time I reached my court I was really out of breath. I saw a neighbor who I’d never spoken to before at the stop sign, and he started talking to me and I talked to him for a little while.  He said he had seen a girl running in the pouring rain yesterday and asked if that was me, and I said no and that I wasn’t THAT dedicated to running.  The rain was madness yesterday, it was bad enough that I had to drive in it, but I wouldn’t go running in that weather. I felt good after my walk/run and shower, it’s amazing what exercise can do for you.

Walking with Friends

This morning I drove to the local community college with my mom and went to the bookstore to pick up a packet I had to buy for a career class.  I talked to the bookstore clerk a little and got the packet, then headed home.  Then we dropped off my brother at the library for a brief meeting he had with the lady who’s going to hire him, and then I got dropped off at the park at around 12:35.  One of my friends was already there waiting, and I felt bad that I was a few minutes late but I didn’t have her number to call and tell her.  I have her number now though, and our other friend we were meeting up with came later than I did so we sat and talked for a bit while we waited.  I don’t know her too well so it was good talking to her about winter break and college classes, and we hugged when we met up.  She might actually take the same psychology class I’m going to take if she can get still get in.  I think that would be pretty cool.  Soon our other friend came and we exchanged more hugs, and then started on our walk.  We walked around the park, and around the lake, and then wandered off the path and explored this area of the park I’d never seen before.  There were a lot of overgrown plants and trees in this area, it was pretty cool.  There was a tire swing tied to a tree that we took turns on too.  It was actually a lot of fun walking and hanging out with them.  Sometimes they talked a lot about certain AP class homework that I didn’t have, so I couldn’t talk much then, but other times we talked about Christmas and other things that were going on. We walked around for about an hour or so, and then they had to go so I went home and I’m here now.  Sean has his friend over right now, so I’ll probably just take it easy the rest of the day.

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