Solitary can either be positive or negative. It can mean sadness, of feeling alone in this world. Of waking up in the morning, finding ourselves uncontrollably in tears as we look around the empty room, missing, yearning, feeling empty and incomplete. It can mean being isolated from the rest and loosing our precious freedom. On the other hand, it can mean finding peace and calmness. A source of healing of the wounds left unattended through the years. It is a moment to seek for answers when we feel lost. It is a time to feel close with nature, with God and even to our very selves. Solitary is a way to make sense of all the chaos in our lives, to finally say, “I am home. I am at peace. I am happy.”
My Solitary Walks
Many years ago, I used to walk by myself. Searching for answers. Finding my sense of purpose. Today, I’m blessed with a son and a wife who shares those walks with me. God knows, I have travelled so many scary and dark roads that needed much company and they came into my life just at the right perfect moment.
There are times that our soul yearns for that solitary walk. To experience the healing effect of silence with only the sound of the waves soothing every turbulent heartaches. Last Fall, I took a walk along Galveston’s Seawall. I woke up early making sure I didn’t miss the sunrise. I tried to wake up my son but this time he said, “I’m sleepy dad. See you at breakfast.” It was really nice just watching the day unfold, the Sun slowly rising from the Eastern part of the sea, with the cool breeze blowing gently on my skin. I just stared at the Sun until its glare started to hurt my eyes. It was beautiful. It was serene. It was a moment my heart needed to feel. It was a solitary walk that led me to find myself once more.
Taking this photo was tricky. It was one of those times that I wished I was walking with my photo buddy, my son. The wet concrete I was sitting on was in a slanting position. My iPhone camera didn’t do well this time. Good thing I had a spare Canon PowerShot in my car. It’s been a while since I last used it but sometimes there are situations where only the old reliable camera can fix.
One of the most significant solitary walks led me to this woman who made me realize that I actually needed someone to complete “me.” That there was a reason why I was restless and continually moving around from one place to another. I was in fact, unknowingly trying to find her. Hmm…and I thought it was the little birthmark on my right foot that was responsible for my wanderings.
One of my best solitary walks led me to a boy who changed my life and heart forever. He taught me how to see things through a child’s perspective. That there is beauty and magic in all things no matter how little or simple they may seem. He made me remember the joys of my childhood for which I am always grateful to my parents. He made me smile, even laugh when no one can.
Thank you for sharing your day with me. I hope you enjoyed my version of the Weekly Photo Challenge called “Solitary.” Wishing everyone a beautiful, blessed day.
What solitary walk did you make that changed your life?
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