Usually, I have no problem with walking around Cane Creek Park alone. I love that park! I feel safe there because other people – mostly families, other solitary walkers and joggers, and TTU students playing disc golf – are always around. However, the past couple of times I’ve gone there by myself for a walk, I got a little nervous. I generally trust my instincts. If something doesn’t “feel” right, I take notice. That is why the last time I was at this park, I left without taking my walk around the lake.
It had been about a month since I was last there, so I decided it was time to face this new fear head-on. I tend to blow things out of proportion in my head, especially when I get stuck on a worry. I guess it’s the result of having an over-active imagination and more than a few incidents of being taken advantage of. It may not be irrational to be extra cautious when walking alone, but I felt I was being irrational to completely avoid a place I enjoy so much.
So I walked around the lake today, a fast paced power-walk. Believe me, I needed the exercise! And it felt good. It was much hotter than I expected it to be today, so I was a sweaty mess by the time I was done walking. But it was so worth it.
“You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do.”
~ Eleanor Roosevelt