The wind got better the farther we walked. It even got mild enough to shed a layer by the end.
As we were walking, most people coming the other way would look at the ground and not say anything. The few who said hello and looked me in the eyes are the few people I bothered to notice and remember.
Another small group I noticed were the people who paused, sitting on a bench, taking a picture, or stopping to notice the crocuses.
I glanced out on the horizon at one point. A speck of a cruise ship was visible. I tried to show my niece, but she couldn’t discern it from the water or clouds. She tried to see where I was pointing and got very frustrated when she couldn’t see it. It was hard for her to know something was out there just beyond her reach.
This walk was just one afternoon’s entertainment, but it can go a lot deeper than that. In life, you’ll reap the benefits of straying from the path.
Patience and perseverance are powerful things. Exploring and discovering will bring you joy and satisfaction. Effort conquers difficulty. Pausing will result in a richer experience.
If you want to enjoy your walk, climb the rocks.
Kate Ahearn is a sophomore at Unatego Junior-Senior High School. ‘Teen Talk’ columns can be found at www.thedailystar.com/teentalk