There’s a whole lot of earthworks happening in a nearby housing estate on the opposite side of the creek where I walk most days. It’s a protected wetland area that the birds and reptiles and other critters love. I love that this place is just 100m from my home as it’s so much nicer to be able to walk along the creek than it is through a housing estate.
About three weeks ago, the estate developer dammed the local creek. I was horrified. I was able to find out that they had permits to do this while they install sewer pipes and that in about a month they would remove the dam wall and restore the creek back to its natural state.
Each day on my walks I take note of how the creek has started to slowly expand each time it rains. The developer introduced some equipment to help pump water from one side of the creek to the other because the small pipes they installed clearly weren’t doing their job.
It rained heavily last night and let’s just say nature found its way around the dam wall. Seeing the flow of water around the dam wall reminded me of a quote from Jurassic Park (one of my favourite movies I’m more than a just a bit embarrassed to admit)… “Life finds a way.”
Anyway, it got me thinking about my 30 day walking challenge. Life will always throw up obstacles, but it’s how we react to those obstacles that’s most important. If we give up trying to find a way to burst through or around the dam wall, we’ll become stagnant and full of duck poo, just like that section of creek near my home. But if we find a way around that dam (damn!) wall, we’ll make the obstacle look like a farce, even if we have to slightly alter our course, because we’ve found a way that works.
So whatever challenges life has been throwing at you lately, keep looking for ways around the dam wall. To be honest, it’s been a struggle to get my 30 minutes in each day in the past week. I’ve had PMT and general apathy blocking me, birthday parties for toddlers to negotiate (including one for The Monsta) and inclement weather. These are only small battles, I know. I feel committed to the challenge and I don’t want to let myself down, so I’ve put on my trackies and my runners (and even some plastic rain pants today) and headed outdoors for at least 30 minutes of walking, every day.
And you know what? I never feel worse after a walk. Never. Ever.