Step outside your door - what do you see, what do you hear?
What happens when you step out of your front door? Do you get in your car and drive away? Do you run to the bus stop as you are late again? Why not take a moment, though maybe not when you are on your way to work or late for an appointment but take a moment, say Saturday morning.
Step outside that door and stop.
What do you hear?
Do you live near the forest so you can hear the birds? Do you live along the river where the City Cat scoots by? Or do you live in the city and the thrum of the traffic on the Story Bridge is your background?
No matter where you are, why not go for a walk in your neighborhood? It's free. All you have to do is give yourself an hour. Travel where you have not yet gone. Take your camera, a notepad perhaps and take a good look around.
You will amaze yourself at what you haven't seen before.
Walk along and notice the trees - are there any flowering right now? Do you see what birds are hanging about because of those flowers? Take this walk in a month's time and the flowers will be gone. Another tree will be blooming and you may see the same birds are now hanging out in that tree. Or you may see different birds altogether. Brisbane's trees change on a monthly basis all year round and it is amazing to watch.
How about if you are in the city? If you walk along you may see the progress of the river walk as it re-emerges after its onslaught from the 2011 floods. Or that new building - surely it is getting higher and higher. You can almost see the passage of time as the building grows. The architecture of the old buildings in the city having such character and craftsmanship should be appreciated. The new buildings - with their angles and lines - make for great photo opportunities.
What about any changes on the river? The tide has turned. What is different?
The whole point is to go out and see. See what is going on in the moment. Take yourself out of the equation and just roam. Be free of everything for an hour, connect yourself to your surroundings and just walk.
If you are not sure you want to walk by yourself council has on their website information about walking groups and walking trails as well. Visit here.
If you have done this same walk over and over why not mix it up? Turn left at the next corner instead of right. Go somewhere different. There are at least 5 walks in the neighborhood around my home. The Green Hill Reservoir being one of them, has a set of steps where you can sit at the top, looking out over Brisbane. It is a place for contemplation, as well as some amazing sunrise photos.