This past weekend, I knew the girls needed a little exercise and the weather was really nice, so we took a little jaunt to the secret dog park where we rarely see anyone else. There was a little guilt on my side because I can’t take them for walks this week, and I figured this way I could stay in one place while they got some exercise. I had a photo challenge from a Flickr group to capture Bunny on the run, so I was hoping that she might feel like taking a lap or two and that I’d be lucky enough to catch it.
It didn’t take long for Bunny to oblige me. She’s never been a fan of the heat, but if it’s on the cooler side, she can’t resist taking a run. Saturday was perfect running weather for her with the temperature around 65 degrees. After a little sniffing around, she was ready to stretch her legs.
Watching Bunny run is something that is hard to describe. Ever since she came home with us at eighteen months old, she has had a love for running. She wasn’t sent to the track to race because of her size, but I have yet to see a dog who loves to run the way she does. When she runs, she takes flight. Her face is a mask of energy, excitement and joy. She doesn’t hold back, even as she’s getting close to nine years old. Nobody can catch her when she takes off. Flattery gives it a good college try, but even at half Bunny’s age, she can’t keep up with her.
It occurred to me this weekend that Bunny runs for one simple reason. She loves it. It doesn’t matter what others think, who is watching or that something could happen. Cares and worries are left behind when she feels the need for speed. She just runs until she feels her heart pumping and her blood racing and the desire to fly leaves her. Then she comes back to Earth, happy and content.
I have to admit, I envy her. If I could pursue my passions with the same kind of abandon that she does, I have to wonder if life wouldn’t be a bit more exciting. It’s not that I am unhappy with my life, but sometimes, I think we all need to feel a bit more alive. It’s easy to get complacent in the everyday and forget to pursue the magic that’s just out of our grasp in the ether. Sometimes, we just need to put all of those things that hold us back to the side and do what we love anyway.