A Birthday Under The Stars

Celebrating my birthday is one of the only must-do occasions that I mark on my calendar. I always go all out. So it is only natural that I share what I did for my birthday. I chose a less glamorous and commercial route and opted for a low-keyed path. I went camping. Yes, camping in the 60 degrees weather. But this time, I had a nice twin air mattress and electricity and heat. It is not my first time sleeping in a tent, sleeping outdoors, or sleeping while the rocks were piercing my skin (No, I was never homeless). Not having to be a part of a platoon does feel liberating. This time I went camping if you will on my own accord. I did not have to wake up for formation, wake up to be on guard duty, or perform a mission. This time I was sleeping under the star in the great town of Youngstown, near wine country and the spectacular Niagara Falls, NY.

My lil tent
Campfire
The rainbow from the water mist
Niagara Falls,NY

I am delighted to have written eight journal entries to reflect on my life for the past month. That is an increase from the usual page and a half of incomplete thoughts. I excitingly start off to write only to be overwhelmed with remembering all that I wanted to let our or simply ruminating only to forget why I stuttered writing. That is remarkable because lately, I usually struggle to write about the painful aspects of my life. You see, many of my experiences in this life journey for the past six months have been unbearable.

On my way ,passing these animals

We all agree that the past 18 months have been life-changing for many, and there have been some unexpected unwelcoming devastating changes. Work, personal and transitional-related issues, when not taken care of, becomes an unbalanced issue. I love the outdoors; that is no secret; it is there that I find peace and solace. It is unconventional, and my actions have been called weird for those who cannot see beyond the superficial pleasure of life when they learn that I visit parks and sleep. I do not sleep because I am tired. The feeling of being in nature mindful of the natural smell, greenery, the water, and all that encompasses in that natural environment has been a sedative in my life.

The drive was very therapeutic; nothing beats listening to some narrative music (I made that up by describing music that tells a compelling story with an electric beat. On the journey, I heard favorite motivational speaker Les Brown and some of my favorite country music. My all-time favorite motivational speaker, Les Brown, and the legendary brown with life-changing podcasts, with some afro beats, can’t leave that out.

Published by Carrie

I am Carrie; I love traveling and performing activities that soothe and enrich my mind. I have a solid background in the mental health field. I attend to mental health issues from a raw and unconventional point of view. If it has to do with mental health, I want to discuss it, not the cliché' stance that society has on mental health but the unseen, uncut ways of addressing how our lifestyle influences/affects our mental growth. I love the approach of assessing someone holistically/from the biopsychosocial approach rather than pathologizing simple differences, as this approach creates a positive impact on our wellbeing. My goal is also to highlight that exposure to nature makes you feel better emotionally and contributes to your physical wellbeing.

3 thoughts on “A Birthday Under The Stars

  1. Oh yes my girl is back. I am delighted that you enjoyed your birthday under the stars. What better place to spend a birthday than with this beauty created by God Himself. Life is short so make the most of it. Continue to live, laugh and love. Blessings.

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    1. Yes,it’s great to be back .Consistency is keep in this process call life.I fell off but am back now. Thank you indeed,nature is definitely a blessing.

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  2. that is so sweet u are also spending time with the lord…its mother nature..its such a good feeling..

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