Today was the start of a change in perception for me regarding the Days of New experiment. Most days, I found myself tired from work, cranky, and dreading having to use what little energy I had to try and do something new. Of course, once I’m actually doing the new activity I am usually pretty enthusiastic and enjoying it, and I find myself saying “I can’t believe I was dreading this so much.” Perhaps the fact that today is Friday had something to do with it, but I found myself very excited about today’s activity.
I planned to go to this forest preserve immediately after work. I kept remembering how much fun I had on day 17, and so I couldn’t wait to kickstart my weekend with some quality time outside. This would be a nice positive change from my normal custom of going straight home to my computer on Friday afternoon. This place was very close to my work, so it seemed perfect. I was stunned that I had driven by that road so many times and never realized there was an actual forest preserve there.
I was pretty excited when i got there. The park is split into half by a busy main road that runs right through the center of it, and I opted to explore the East half because the maps showed a great big pond. It was still extremely cloudy, this had been a trend for the entire week and I was missing the sun by this point. But I didn’t let the overcast skies bring me down, and I eagerly set out to explore the trails.
I was quickly disappointed with this place to be honest. The trails were big but this wasn’t much of a forest preserve. There was too much wide open space, a theme I am finding that I don’t like when it comes to forest preserves. I could see the busy streets in the distance, and even though the trail snaked around the big pond, I was less than thrilled to be here. I then reminded myself that not every new thing has to be something awesome, and not every forest preserve needs to be the best. The important thing is just that I am getting out of my routine and taking the time to explore this corner of the world a little better.
Eventually I did find a trail that led into a forest, and this saved the trip for me.It was pretty nice, as soon as I was in the secluded cover of the trees I felt the peace and calm come over me again. I explored them for a while, and when the path finally emerged from the forest, I had explored the East side of Danada Preserve pretty thoroughly. I wondered about the West side, which looked to be much bigger and possibly much more interesting. But alas, that will have to wait for another day!