The beautiful spring came; and when Nature resumes her loveliness, the human soul is apt to revive also
– Harriet Ann Jacobs
I don’t think of myself as someone who loves the outdoors but there is something uplifting and relaxing about getting away from the hustle and bustle of the city and spending some quality time outside. Communing with nature, so to speak. This past week I had the opportunity to visit a few different towns outside of the cities I lived and worked in. One town overlooked the Volta river and the other gave you views of lush greenery and mountaintops.
Honestly, I was not looking forward to coming back home. I left a piece of my heart in both places. There’s just something about being out in nature that leaves you feeling tranquil and at peace. That’s how I felt anyway. I didn’t realize how tense, stressed and tired I was until I was away from the city. The views of the water, the mountains and forests were a welcoming breath of fresh air. For an entire week, I didn’t think about to-do lists, bills and the myriad things that demand my attention daily. I could literally just take each day at a time. Although I was out of town for work, it didn’t feel like work at all. Being physically away, the views and the slower pace of life certainly contributed to the peace and calm that I felt. However, I’m not always going to be able to go out of town, but I want to have that same sense of tranquillity and peace of mind in everyday life. That’s my goal. This trip reminded me that sometimes spending time in nature is exactly the ‘medicine’ the body, mind and soul needs in order to keep you going.
I never did say specifically where I was, did I? I was in the region of my birth – the Volta Region, named after the Volta River. I was captivated by the waterfronts of Sogakope and the mountaintops of Ho (the regional capital). Words can’t adequately describe the beauty of the water or the grandeur of the mountains and pictures don’t quite do them justice. You’ll just have to go and see for yourself. I know I’ll be going back to visit for sure and this time my goal is to properly explore the towns and learn more about my history and my people.
P.S. I will tell you all about this job that gave me this opportunity to travel and how it came about it the next post. Stay tuned. Thanks for reading. xoxo