Today, I woke up from a late afternoon nap around 5pm. My stomach clenched – I’d slept too long and “wasted” my day. Yet, bright sunshine poured in through the windows. With the recent time change – there were still two hours of daylight!
Determined to make something of myself – I changed into my running gear, grabbed my camera and drove to the national mall. Stepping out of my car, I was caught off guard when I noticed budding flowers on a few nearby trees. Was spring really here? I took off on a leisurely walk/run/photograph expedition – exploring a few new paths along the Potomac River.
The warm sunlight and numerous flowers quickly lightened my mood. Some days, I struggle to find full wakefulness and overall happiness, but today – surrounded by the exuberant waking spirit of spring, I was hopeful and energized.
This reminded me that strength can be found in many places. Sometimes, I get tunnel-vision, looking to orange pill bottles for relief from my narcolepsy symptoms. Yet, I must try to remember that I am a complex unpredictable being. I need sleep, medicine, yoga AND sunshine.
Here are a few photographs from my adventure. I’m looking forward to Washington DC’s famous Cherry Blossom Festival coming soon!