The neighborhood nature trail. I didn’t vote for it, but I’ll take it.

My neighborhood installed a nature trail a few years back. At the time, I remember being annoyed that my HOA dues were paying for something we weren’t even given the option to vote on. This year, however, I have seen the value of it.

It’s not a big space. I can walk through it in less than two minutes. But I can also take my time. I can observe. I can breathe deeply (not too deeply, mind you – it’s basically a swamp) and feel the stress begin to melt away.

It’s a small respite, but I’ll take it.

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