I don't get sick often, but when I do it's always a nasty one. I have low energy days now and again, as I imagine most people do, and I try to stay attuned to my body to keep the real nasty ones at bay. So a couple weeks ago when I found myself tired for no real reason, I made sure to sleep well that night. The following day I woke up feeling refreshed. Typically I would repeat the next night, as this usually does the trick, but I had plans. I had a commitment to spend time with my closest friend who I hadn't seen in a little bit, and not wanting to disappoint someone who's friendship I treasure I was hopeful that one night's solid sleep was enough. I knew she would understand if I had cancelled and there would be no hard feelings, but I was optimistic! And we had a great time together, as we always do. We enjoyed a hike at Macaulay Mountain Conservation Area, chatted about our lives, ate delicious food, and joined up with a great group of women to dance barefoot in the dunes and chase the sunlight from peak to peak at Sandbanks Provincial Park (stopping of course to botanize along the way).
But... now I have been out and in bed sleeping, coughing and sneezing for nearly two weeks.
Being sick is incredibly boring, but I am very happy to have had a really good time beforehand, and am also very happy to be on the mend! I haven't quite the energy for a foray into the forest, though I know I will be reinvigorated when I do. But this afternoon I have ventured to my favourite café, it's a short walk from my house in Kingston and has a lovely patio on the waterfront, and that is a good start.
News, reflections, notes and other ramblings from the trail by PTBO Flora founder Rachel.