Incredible night for exercise

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, June 24, 2015

One night last week, I found myself in a different world.

For the past week or so, exercising has become part of a regular routine for me.

Every other night or early evening, is my time to run or walk.

Last Monday night, a beautiful, yet dark world unfolded before me.

I live just outside of Gantt, and where I exercise is quite dark.

However, I didn’t fret from the darkness because the stars and the occasional street light helped light the way.

The stars were incredible.

Everywhere I looked, there were stars. I began to think that this is only in our solar system, the Milky Way Galaxy.

Imagine the billions of other galaxies that have as many or more stars than we do?

When I saw the stars, I was comforted to know that I wasn’t alone. It was like something was guiding me along my short stretch that I take.

Part of my exercise route includes Dunns Bridge Road. Usually, I’ll touch the bridge and turn back the way I came.

That particular night, I stopped for a minute and just observed the black, silky water reflect the nightlife surrounding me.

After a quick break, I set back off and returned home.

Before making my next stretch home, I couldn’t help but notice fire flies dancing throughout the trees that stood attention on either side of me.

“Man,” I thought. “This is incredible.”

It was and I was sad to see that my exercise had ended, but overjoyed to realize that running and walking in the deepest, darkest night isn’t all that bad.

Yeah, I could use a flash light, but why do so when I have the stars and other means to light my way?

I encourage you to step outside and look up to the sky and look at the expanse of stars. Find the big dipper, little dipper, Aquarius or Cassiopeia because you’re never going to regret it.

Heck, follow the North Star for a bit because it might lead you somewhere you’ll never forget.