Walking has brought me to a thousand different places – even if I’ve been trailing the same road every day. No, this ain’t astral projection, nor was I summoned by Dr. Strange. There’s just something with walking that brings one a step forward to a different dimension far noticed by commuting passengers. Today, it brought me somewhere in between nostalgia and regret.
As part of my preparation for an upcoming major climb, I have been doing my usual rounds of brisk walking upon going home. Trailing the same roads every day allowed me to become more aware of the nooks and cranny of the city. Everyday brought in it different adventures – just like what happened that day. I was busy humming with I belong to the zoo’s “Balang araw” when I noticed some peculiar oranges covering the red brick of the sidewalks of Osmeña Boulevard.
If my memory served me right, those colors weren’t there the other day. I tried to find the culprit of such beautiful mess by looking up; and there they were, the narra trees in their silent splendor. While the rest of the population was complaining about the summer heat, some species are actually rejoicing such time of the year. To document such eventful occurrence, I decided to climb the skywalk nearby and take aerial shots of those trees.
On top, I learned that I was not the only one who took time to marvel the narra trees. There he was standing still – in awe of the blooms quietly showing off their beauty to those who take time to pause. Such bewitching view reminded me of how important it is to also take a pause in this fast-paced life. To stop for a moment. From all the twists and turns. The same way, I wished I could pause some transient moment…
Because aren’t we likened to these flowers? Fleeting. Here today and gone tomorrow as the songs says it. We only have our limited moments to live so we have to grab every opportunity made present to us. Because sometimes… later becomes never.
The following day, those blooms were gone.