I already wrote a self-love post for today, but I just had a really cool self-love realization when I was biking to my sister’s house to let her dogs out.
Before I let them out, I usually feel a slight reservation towards doing it. I’m usually in the midst of something work related, and then I stop, get my bike out, bike to my sister’s house, let her dogs out, make sure they go to the bathroom, let them back in, check on their water, and bike back home. Before I leave everyday to let them out, I feel like it’s a slight burden, but once I’m out of the house, and on that bike, I feel amazing.
I get the fresh air in my face, my heart rate picks up, I listen to the sounds of nature or the people I’m passing by.
On my way out today I saw one of my neighbors and we both exchanged hellos and huge smiles. And they were genuine smiles, the kind of smiles that radiate energy. It felt good. Then when I got to my sister’s house, I exchanged a brief conversation with a man wanting to leave flyers with my sister, who was at work. Even my conversation with him was uplifting, both of us were radiating positive energy.
When I got inside, the dogs, Bella and Aju, were excited, lively, and bursting with energy. I let them out in the backyard, Monday – Friday, when my sister and her husband, Matt, are working. And Aju and Bella are always such a joy to be with outside. They run around and play, and wrestle, and go in and out of the bushes, and then when they begin to wind down, they come by me and I pet them. They’re so cute, and full of energy. Their energy washes off on my when I visit them. When I say goodbye to them, I miss them, and tell them that I’ll see them tomorrow.
What I realized is that letting the dogs out is a perfect break. I get fresh air, I see other people, and I get to interact with great energy in the form of two cute dogs. This was good to realize because when I go to let them out tomorrow, and the next day, and the next, I know that I don’t need to harbor those negative feelings before hand because I’ll know that I enjoy it, and that it will be one of my treats for the day.
Emelina Minero writes for Curve Magazine and EDGE Media Network. She’s working on launching her own progressive LGBTQ publication. She’s a Connection Connoisseur, Networking Maven and Self-Love Enthusiast. She founded Community Bucket List and co-founded the Love Warrior Community. Find her on Twitter, @CommKr8veWriter.