It was dark and really cold outside. I didn’t bring a jacket, but I had to go out though; I had to escape from the non-stop, post-election coverage. I went to Queens New York Briarwood Playground. Behind the playground is a small woods. I entered the woods, and started to walk around. I saw the orange leaves on the ground. I saw the Tall trees blocking the night sky. As I walked I got mud on my boots. I felt the breeze run through my skin. There was a reason why I decided, to go on my walk late at night. I didn’t want anyone to disrupt my train of thought. I knew they wouldn’t be a lot of people on the streets at this time. I was in a secluded place. Where I could kill the anxiety, and the stress running through my body. Due to losing the election unexpectedly. The icy breeze cooled down a headache that I’ve been having.
I could finally block out all the bad thoughts from my head, concerning the future. There was no family or media to distract me. I decided to focus my thoughts on the cockroaches on the trees instead. They were big, red, and the roaches were climbing the trees. I decided to count them. I counted one, two, three, four, five roaches on the biggest tree. I calmed myself down, and told myself that, things wouldn’t be so bad. Everything would work itself out. Your anxiety is blown out of proportion. I heard crickets singing, I heard the owls hooting. The breeze continued to flow through my body and I began to calm myself down.
I can relate my experience in the woods, to Thoreau experience with nature in Solitude. Thoreau wanted to escape the gossip of his town, while I wanted to escape the hype and drama of the media. Thoreau mentions being one with nature and having a “delicious evening”. I had a terrible headache, and I hoped the cold breeze would make my evening pleasurable as well. Although I didn’t get the same pleasurable feeling, from the cockroaches and the crickets, that Thoreau got from the bullfrogs. I found the cold air and solitude very refreshing. I have to say thank you to the text.
Thoreau, Henry D. Walden, Civil Disobedience, and Other Writings. New York: Norton Critical Editions. 2008.Print.