Whilst walking George through the forest last Sunday, I realised how lucky I was to have him. Not only because of the love and fun he’s brought to our life, I’ve already mentioned that. But because he drags me out of the house and away from my daily routine every day. Twice a day, actually.
I admit, I’ve been known to moan about it at times, especially when it’s raining heavily or I have a stringent deadline and a million of other, ‘better’ things to do than mooch around ‘wasting time’.
But on Sunday it suddenly dawned on me how lucky I was to ‘have to’ do that. I had a breakthrough realisation that without my dog I would not know what our forest looks like, would not know that spring is on its way, would not get enough exercise and definitely would not have time to think.
Daily life is a whirlwind and a constant balancing act for most people. They get up early in the morning and busy around performing daily tasks until nightfall. Then they sit down but are too tired to think. So they watch something meaningless on TV and go to bed.
I’m no different to them. Except for the two walks I take with George every day. It is then that I leave all worries behind, empty my mind off all the petty things and relax. It is whilst walking the dog that I smell the grass, look at the trees, listen to the birds and think. This is my thinking time. My time to reflect on the world and my place in it, on what I’m aiming for in life, on who I want to become and what I want to achieve. My time to chew over the events that take place every day and try to understand them. My time to reassess, adjust or redefine my philosophy.
For this reason, I’ve added a new category to my blog. This is just the first, introductory post, by way of an explanation. This is where I’ll be sharing my deeper, more serious thoughts about the world. This is my place for introspection and analysis, an outlet for my philosophy and a window into my mind. And I could not think of a better place for this category than on George’s blog. After all, he is the provider of my daily thinking time.