Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans - John Lennon
Published December 27th 2014
For a dose of fitness & serenity away from the city
It has been a while since I last wrote. There are so many things I want to do that compete for the same scarce commodity called time. Writing also requires inspiration, something which I unfortunately lack from time to time. But enough with the excuses, with the new year looming, I am determined to devote more time to writing as I sometimes forget how much joy I derive from this hobby of mine.
New year is the perfect time for us to turn over a new leaf, be it ditching that unhealthy obsession or adopting a new exercise regime. For fitness junkie wannabe like me, maintaining a healthy body and mind will always be top priority in my new year's resolutions. While only a meagre percentage of people actually stick to their resolutions to achieve those fitness goals, running or jogging presents an enjoyable and cost effective alternative to hitting the gym.
One of my favourite running routes is Blackwattle Bay. A hidden gem located just at the fringe of the city, you will immediately find solitary serenity and peace in isolation (if that's what you are looking for). When work gets hectic and life moves at a faster pace than ever before, I always find that running soothes my mind, very much in the same way that writing does for me.
A panoramic view of Anzac Bridge and the city skyline from Blackwattle Bay
You can see why I love Blackwattle Bay. It is hard not to fall in love with the breathtaking view of the Anzac Bridge and the city skyline in all its grandeur. Running always gives me clarity. There is a million things going through my mind at any given time that it's proven to be a challenging task to stay in the present moment. It is much easier to confront my real thoughts when I feel connected to nature, and due to its proximity to the city, Blackwattle Bay is my go-to place to have my weekly dose of soul-searching in solitude (or sometimes in the company of a good friend).
Nothing is more invigorating than plugging in your headphones, blasting your favourite songs, and be totally undistracted with the present, as you run freely and feel the brisk wind against your cheeks. Even if you are not into running, do check out Blackwattle Bay. It is family and pet friendly, great for a weekend picnic or a romantic walk at dusk.
Next on my list: running across the Harbour Bridge!