Today, I definitely considered quitting this experiment. By Wednesday afternoon, I typically feel so immersed in the corporate trap of my job that my mood is destroyed.Today was no exception, and I was lacking any energy or motivation to force myself to find something new. I got home from work with a vague idea of something to do, but felt pretty cranky, and all i really wanted to do was just sit home and not do anything. It’s amazing how much work can destroy my motivation.
By the time I made it back to my car, the journey had ameliorated my bad mood, something that I am sure never would have happened if I had stayed at home. I told myself that I should visit a forest preserve any time I am upset or irritable, it is a natural medicine. The problem is that when I am in a (often work induced) bad mood, the last thing I want to do is go anywhere. After work sucks my energy and emotional strength, it requires so much effort for me to push past my routine and force time and energy for something extra. This place was great though, and I am glad to have found it. My only regret is not coming earlier. There are tons of paths that go much deeper into the forest that I would have loved to explore today if I had more time. That is ok though, just a reason to come back again and see more!