We've all had the Monday blues, but in my case, it was more of a Reflection Day. My commute to work this morning seemed a bit eerie as many fellow commuters had today off in remembrance of MLK day. The walk to the train station was rather soothing as I casually made my way to the station. Upon the train's arrival I happily found a seat to myself and meditated to the sound of the train making it's intervals along the way. It's also my favorite 15 minutes of the morning as I observe and mentally take notes of the plethora of outfits going in and out of the sliding doors. It's like an animated short fashion film that instantly gives you the synopsis of the day. But within the bustling sea of commuters, I always find my thoughts lingering one stop behind. Before I know it, the conductor announces the next stop and it's time to get off.
New York has allowed me to appreciate the surroundings more than ever. Before, a short commute to work involved turning on the car and driving from point A to B to the sound of the local radio station playing in the background and completely zoning out. Now, it's like walking through my very own picturesque novel. It's liberating and enticing all at the same time. But most importantly, it's allowed me to fall in love with life...all over again.
It's moments like these that I remember to appreciate the gift of life. We take it for granted through the everyday routines we establish. It's comforting to take a step back and change the mind's perspective. Next time you head to work, embrace little changes along the way. Try a different route to work, read a book instead of the Facebook feed, get an extra shot of espresso in that morning latte for an extra kick and embrace the change.
We've all heard it before, life is too short to be ordinary. And what better way to write these thoughts then on Martin Luther King's own very special day. He was a man of change, and because of it, he'll always be remembered.