Monday, September 12, 2011


Today I walked. And walked. Then walked some more. Leisurely. Aimlessly. I didn't care about street names and directions. I thought maybe you don't really get lost if you don't have a destination.

I loved the warmth of the sun on my skin. The way it made my skin prickly before the beads of sweat came. And with the arrival of the mid-autumn and its festivities, the weather was slightly cooler. More pleasant.

I even welcomed the dust in the air and the smell of exhaust fumes from vehicles on the road. For like the sun and the cool breeze, their unseen choke has been a part of my days.

I stopped under a large tree, and steadied myself against it. I looked around. Listened. Inhaled the scents around me. Felt the rough bark against my hand. Committing what came to my senses to memory.

Tomorrow I will again be confined within the padded walls of a workstation, with its artificial lighting, air-conditioning, and the smooth feel of modular plastic. And so today I wanted to make sure I'll remember all this, for those times when I'll feel the need to escape.

photo from here


rudeboy said...

Ah, Sean, how bittersweet.

You don't seem too happy about going back to the salt mines. But then again, who would?

But even though your new job may seem like a prison sentence, always remember that there is a traditional weekend reprieve.

And if there is none, a jailbreak is the sanest course of action.

Anonymous said...

much better to unwind talaga

jetlander said...

I can relate, don't wanna go to work tomorrow.

Leo said...

always remember to take time to relax! :) Clarity walking during work is my favorite thing to do! :)

the green breaker said...

there is always a time for chewing up a leisure-flavored gum.

well to me, going to church is more of a de-stresser from work but a walk is never too bad. :)

ZaiZai said...

i love going on walks too. something about it that revives me. it's nice how you can feel 'alive' doing something so simple no :)

JJ Roa Rodriguez said...

take every opportunity to enjoy and relax and breathe some fresh air.

besides everyone needs a break.

cheers! enjoy life young fellow!

God bless!..


Sean said...

@rudeboy: as the day progresses, it leans more on the bitter :) best advice i've received rudie. thanks :)

@kikomaxxx: oo nga. kaso sobrang tagal na akong nag-uunwind kaya di na sanay sa pag work.

@jetlander: such a pain, isn't it?

@leo: thanks leo. yeah, i should always remember that and to clear my head when needed. :)

@the green breaker: when i was in manila, visiting the church also cleared me of baggage. not too many churches here though and most are not open all day.

@zaizai: should learn to do walks during office hours then. that's true and i wish i could afford to live a simpler life.

@jj roa rodriguez: thanks jj. yeah i shouldn't drown myself with work.

bien said...

naku sean i work 6 days a week. i always look forward to that one off day each week. minsan kulang, minsan ok na rin kasi magastos din pag off mo-lakwatsa evah.

life is still worthwhile if you just smile

citybuoy said...

Wouldn't it be nice if we worked on the weekends instead?

RoNRoNTuRoN said...

weeeeeee.... nice. walking. andami kong na rerealize just by enjoying a nice peaceful walk! nice nice! :D Enjoy lang at lakad pa! :D

Sean said...

@bien: i used to work 6 days a week then nabawasan to 5 a few years ago. thanks bien. yeah i should have a more positive view on life.

@citybuoy: indeed! haaaay, life...

@ronronturon: oo nga di ba? tulad nga ng sabi nila sa previous comments, it can really clear your mind. thanks ron!

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