This week, share a photo that relaxes you.
The Daily Post‘s weekly challenge is to share a relaxing photo. They shared a photo of a cat who’s got no worries. Similarly, I decided to find a cat photo. Cats just don’t care about anything when they’re tired and fall asleep in the roughest and toughest of situations.
In the middle of this photo is Meridian Road: a canopy road that runs north of Tallahassee to Meridian, a community in Florida. The road’s isolation from any major roads reinforces its serene ambience.
The air I’ve breathed while travelling on that breathtaking road is the freshest I’ve ever had. It adds charm when heading to the park to play soccer or refreshes when heading to a friend’s house on scooter.
It’s as if I was in an unknown, foreign land where everything was wonderful and mysterious but grander than life. Travelling down that road made life’s worries feel insignificant.
I was in bed trying to fall asleep, but I just couldn’t. I would find myself uncomfortable, twisting and turning because it was too hot. So I turned on the fan, but then that made it just a little bit too cold.
I had to wake up in less than six hours. I wasn’t going to get any sleep tonight.
I thought about Meridian Road and riding my scooter in the late afternoon through it while my girlfriend was in the back seat, hugging me. I was heading to hang out with my friend who lived in a small community, but the only way to get there is through a five-mile ride via Meridian.
As soon as I branched north from Thomasville Road, the last main road, the ambience started to become more rural. Only churches and small communities could be seen. Gas stations and shops ceased to exist.
The lofty, green trees began to encompass the lanky yet undiminished road about two miles into the journey. As a result the roads appeared spotless, the air became chilly, and a thin fog arose.
It was during a downhill section here where I found my scooter going 50-55mph for a brief few seconds; the roads were absolutely flat. All I could hear was the breeze of air whooshing through my ears.
I passed one car, a light beige Toyota sedan, on its way to the city.
When we finally arrived, we were amazed at the ethereal community. The houses were surrounded with bushes bearing beautifully contrasting purple flowers and some small blueberries. Me and my girlfriend ate some of the blueberries. The roads were still paved.
After hanging out with my friend at his two-story home for a couple of hours, we headed home and said our goodbyes.
The ride was a bit slower since we were going uphill, and at one point we were going at 15mph for a good two minutes in the pitch-black road. Although the headlights clearly helped with visibility, the bright moonlight added a charming context to our descent back home.
Only a few cars with their bright headlights passed us on their way back to the Northern, rural side of town .
When we arrived back to the city, we got on the main road with the many other lights and sounds. We arrived home, content and mellow about the adventure we experienced – everything was okay.
Relaxed, we fell onto the bed. We didn’t want to move. Just as I’m about to kiss her, I open my eyes. Then I picked up my phone.
I still had an hour and a half left.
I felt very refreshed, so refreshed that I even tried hitting the hay again but I was willing to take the day on from that moment. I felt fearless and knew that what has to get done has to get done.
Re-calling a very relaxing, calming moment in my life helped me nod off.
Before I actually travelled on Meridian Road, I’ve had my fair share of anxious moments: bullied by instigators in middle school, ditched by friends in high school, and walks of shame in college.
But eventually, I experience an event that puts my worries in perspective; everything turns out just okay.
My body, tumbling and turning as it was, eased to a rest thinking of mellowing thoughts. Wandered in awe, it chose to take a nap.
And that’s how to fall asleep.