Swinging through life

Swinging through life

Today, for the first time in a very long time, I laughed for no apparent reason. Well, that’s not so true…let me elaborate.

With everything that’s been happening in the world (ie. The United States), no matter what your political belief, it can take a toll on you.

We don’t live in a bubble, we have social media and odds are that we get the news in some way, so we know what’s going on in the world. For some, it can ignite a fire in them and inspire them to do something, for others it can make them mad. There are those who it can cause both or neither reaction. As a writer, I respond to things by doing what I do best, but it’s hard to know what to say when no matter what you write, someone will be upset. So, I decided to turn this blog post in a different direction:

In light of that’s been happening, today I decided to go for a run, yes, a run. Apparently that’s a thing I do now?

Anyhow, I was running, and the day was a nice 60° with a slight breeze; in other words, perfect. My music was playing and the pounding of the pavement caused a sense of relief. About a mile in, I came up to the playground in the park, no one was there, so I hopped on the swing. Ever since I was a little girl, the swing has always been my favorite.

Sitting down, I fixed my ponytail and looked around; before I knew it, I was pumping my legs and swinging as high as I could. The wind was blowing through my hair, and the music was streaming through my ears, and I felt like I was five again…
It was as if that combination unlocked something in my soul.
The bass dropped in the song and all the sudden I was laughing. I didn’t care about the others running in the park or the chapters of homework I needed to read, I felt free. Suddenly the worries of tomorrow couldn’t burden me, I was finally living in the moment.

I haven’t laughed at nothing or felt so free in a very long time. I realised what was important, I realised what was worth fighting for in my life, and I let the sun comfort me.

Today I am free, and I can’t wait for everyone to know that feeling of freedom.

This isn’t a political post, I don’t want it to hurt friendships, it’s just a post about a girl learning how to swing and laugh again.

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