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When you kept walking, what did you find?

Updated: Oct 24, 2021



Let's see who can relate. Recently I took a trip to RVA, that's Richmond, VA for a workation and part of my life reboot. Now, while this mentions RVA, I realized it applies to all facets of my life and anything we probably do in life.


I told myself that when I made the decision to rent my home and start this life reboot, at the end of it I wanted to come out with more clarity. Whether that was clarity on what I want to be when I grow up ๐Ÿ˜‚. Where I ultimately want to live, mental clarity and last but not least also use the time to reflect and maybe discover something about myself that maybe wasn't so apparent in my everyday routine. It's so easy to say"I know myself and while that is true, there are always things that once you remove a familiarity you have an opportunity to really learn something else.


On my first night in Richmond, I started to walk the downtown area of Carytown (W. Cary Street) and was so impressed by the local shops, restaurants, the diversity of the community and not to mention the friendliness of everyone I came in contact with. I got to a particular section of the street and it appears from my vantage point that, there was nothing else down the rest of the street, so I stopped walking in that direction and turned back around where it seemed like it was a little more action. I picked up a burger and truffle fries to feed my empty stomach after an almost 7-hour drive.


Fast forward a few days later, I decided to start my first Monday by taking a walk around the neighborhood before work. The tree-lined quiet streets, the mix of old and new homes that seem to still pull in the historical charm. It was so peaceful and pleasant especially with the occasional good morning from strangers. As I got to a particular street I decided that I'll start making my way back towards the Airbnb to get ready for the workday. When I turned down the street, I came across an awesome mural and tons of restaurants and additional bakeries. Coincidentally, it was a street over and the next block down from where I decided that I would stop walking in that direction and turn back around on Saturday.



Then it occurred to me, I usually pride myself on being open-minded and non-judgmental until I know more, or just willing to take a chance, but I realized that in this instance I was so quick to just stop walking. To just make the assumption that there was nothing else worth seeing down there. And while that could have been the case, it really made me reflect and made me wonder, how many times I have stopped "walking" and stopped short of being pleasantly surprised.


Why do we do that? Why is it that there are times, that we tend to stop ourselves before we should?


So I ask you when you kept walking (literally or figuratively), what did you find?


#dontstopwalking #YNKWYWF