I am a secret tree hugger.
i wasn’t going to tell anyone but i just couldn’t keep it to myself any longer.
every time i walk past an old tree i have an urge to sidle up to it and then wrap my arms around it.
i was suggesting to a young friend that he should try hug a tree.
how does it feel to hug a tree? he asked. well, i said, rather flirtatiously (although I think that went right over his head), it feels like when i hug you, very very very amazing. like there is so much energy being exchanged between you and the tree and then it feels like the tree hugs you back.
The truth is, is that it does feel pretty much like that, it could be all the oxygen you get when you get so close to mother nature in her brown and green finest.
Today during a short lunch break i took to the streets and just couldn’t help myself, as cars streamed past and people busily walked past, i stopped and flung my arms around an old tree. it was quite remarkable how i immediately started to feel better, it was like mainlining on good energy,, as though the stresses of my work were just washing off of me. i am really grateful to the city that it has planted trees all over.
And then people who were walking past started to smile and make jokes. One man even asked if he could go next. it was as though in a busy city my crazy gesture had made others stop and, metaphorically speaking, hug a tree (smell the roses etc).
Of course it helps that in Cape Town you are allowed to be a bit weird, (how no one saw this as a sbig cream for help from an overstressed woman i have no idea 🙂 instead i think they merely saw it as a shoowaaa moment probably hyped up by lay lines and the mystical effect of the mountain that stares down at us).
I walked on further and came to Company Gardens where i found even more trees to hug and love and who hugged and loved me back. (okay this is beginning to sound weird, but it’s a true story)
here are a glimpse of the trees i got up close and personal with in the Gardens.(weirder and weirder 🙂
when i went back to the office, the whole energy changed and the rest of the day was do-able.
so next time you think you just cant take anymore instead of going to your doc and getting a script for some pills, hug a tree, it is like one big happy pill to an overstressed body and mind.
i like to think the tree enjoys me hugging it, but it hasnt said yet….
(ps i’ve missed all of you, a BIG hug to you too)xx