Especially when I'm out in the desert.
The desert is the great, humming om of the universe. It brings clarity and focus to my cluttered state of mind.
It's either that, or be incinerated.
When I'm out there, I'm very zen. I practically float along. Although it is a trail run, darling, so if you fail to pay attention to the ground beneath your feet, don't be surprised it if knocks you flat on your face.
Guess how I figured that out?
I like keeping my eyes on the ground anyway. I like looking for things. There are about a zillion lizards out there, each one waiting until I'm nearly upon it before darting for safety. There are my tadpoles. There are frogs so tiny they can't even hop over the dirt. They have to scramble.
There are prickly bushes which scratch my legs. There are spider webs which make me shudder. There are birds and bees. All manner of humming things. There are huge black beetles sitting squarely in my path who would rather face death than yield the right of way.
Don't worry, I always hop over them.
There is a fox. I see him sometimes, in the distance.
Today there was the strangest thing. It looked like a tiny pair of lungs, exquisitely formed, black and shrivelled, yet still breathing.
I stopped and crouched down for a better look.
My first thought was: How is that thing alive?
Then: What if it's a horcrux?!
And on the heels of that: Of all the days not to be carrying my basilisk's fang!
It was, as it turned out, a piece of animal excrement. But of the most curious workmanship!
And even more bizarre, there were several giant ants concealed beneath and possibly within the structure, their movements mutating the outer surface, causing it to expand then collapse, giving it the very appearance of life.
It was fascinating, I'm telling you.
Do you ever wonder what people are doing, at any given moment of the day?
Somehow, thinking of myself early this morning out in the middle of nowhere, hunched and marvelling over a piece of poop, brings everything into focus.
It makes life seem complete.
I don't know why, but it does.