I felt so alive, so at peace, so aware, so…on my way to being refreshed- as I walked through the Bywater neighborhood of downtown New Orleans on my first morning back in town. I walked past all of the colorful houses and tropical flora. I held my purse close, to stop the metal chain strap and the contents from jingling, so that I could listen the sounds in the near distance.
Boats, water, trains, birds, people, music… I felt shivers run through my body as my muscles loosened-up their tense grip under the balmy, late-morning sunshine. An unexpected feeling of emotional warmth and refuge took over me that morning. I will always remember this feeling, because of how I perfectly articulated it in a Facebook status that day- “Finally decompressing from 6 months of every major life-stressor minus having a baby. It feels like ghosts are leaving my body, every couple of hours…” Continue reading