Are you a city lover or loather? I think I tend to alternate somewhere between the two extremes … While I’m a city girl through and through (and probably always will be), I still regularly crave the ‘space’ created by spending time wandering and lingering in the outdoor world.
Even when a city is relatively quiet, it’s still a loud place to be.
All that concrete, glass and steel seem to make noise with their dominate presence on the city landscape – buildings tower above us with reflective faces, footpaths are paved in hard and unforgiving fashion, and roads are marked into defined sections of black and white. Everything is stacked, ordered and structured. After a while all those sharp edges and clearly delineated zones can really start to wear a person down. Whenever I feel like that I know it’s time for my feet to go in search of something different …
And so I head towards the green. Even in the busiest of cities there are always pockets of green to be found … whether that be in a garden bed, near a cafe, or in a public park.
I personally like to escape to a nearby outdoor cafe …. It feels like a sanctuary in which to take shelter from the busy street and my overactive mind. The noise of the city is still there of course, but it dulls to something more like a gentle lapping at the shore, rather than the violent crash of a huge oceanic wave.
A few moments spent in more natural surrounds is often all that is needed to make life feel a little more mangeable, and for deadlines to feel a little more achievable. Given that I seem to spend so much of my day trying to block out the unpleasant externalities associated with working in the city, it feels like a wonderful indulgence to open my ears to a different, softer kind of noise.
Do you like green spaces too? Or do you take refuge from the busyness of life somewhere else?