Sunday Morning Soliloquy - Musings of an Urbanite: But Thy Eternal Summer Shall Not Fade...

Friday, September 9, 2016

But Thy Eternal Summer Shall Not Fade...


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My eternal summer... is slowly fading


Summer's lease is indeed too short. The strong winds have shaken and now it's time to wander in it's shade. 


Shall I compare Thee to a Summer's Day?
Shakespeare in the park
On a summer's day


Sorry for the poetic gibberish

I was trying to make the words make sense the way they do in my head. Sometimes it isn't easy to make sense. I stumbled onto this rock while sitting in the park. The poem "Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer's Day" (Sonnet 18), by William Shakespeare, is engraved into the rock and I've read it a dozen times, maybe more.

I sit in the park early in the morning. I do my best to simply sit and appreciate the park, and the sun, and summer. This is the spot where I work on seeing through my third-eye.

Each time I visited, the poem spoke to me. And each time it said something slightly different. I don't know exactly what the poem means, I haven't looked it up, but it makes me feel content.


Sunset on Lake Michigan
Sunset on a warm September evening in Chicago
Let's sit here for a while and enjoy each other's silence


This is how summer feels

If you know me well, you know that I walk - a lot! I've always walked a lot but this summer has been exceptional. I've averaged about 8 miles per day (or about 18,000 steps) since mid-late June. This is a FAR CRY from last year.

Last year I barely moved. I was in terrible pain and needed 16 weeks of physical therapy to treat a pinched nerve in my neck. They believe the pinch nerve was caused from a sedentary lifestyle - a.k.a. that cube life! 

I guess when you go through a scare like that, you change. My change was simple. I chose not to live like that anymore. I chose to enjoy my summer days as much, and as long, as I could.

Warm Summer Evening
 Enveloped by the warmth of late summer in the evening
Lincoln Park Nature Boardwalk - I love it here

Take a walk with me and see my Eternal Summer

My summer doesn't start in June and it doesn't end in September, it's eternal. This is my summer, in no particular order. Here we go.

Fred, the bird
 Me and this little guy were just sitting back 
Watching the world go by


Foggy Morning on Lake Michigan
You can't predict what you'll see in the mornings
But you can be fairly certain that you'll see something you didn't see the day before 


Early morning walks on the lakefront path
 Early mornings on the lakefront trail

My not-so-secret spot

My path is almost always the same. I think I already mentioned this. I walk north for about 30 minutes, until I reach this point. Here I sit and stretch. I also think. I turn off my music and listen to the squeaks or the birds screaming - they don't sing, they scream, it's kind of weird. I love it here.


Summer Evenings by the lake in Chicago
 Evening walk from Hollywood beach back home to the Gold Coast
These two have the right idea! 


Girls of Summer
I loved this moment so much
Because nothing says summer so much as this


In my mind's eye 

This summer has been amazing. So, so, so amazing. The best summer I've had since I was a kid. And summer always reminds me of being little. Back when we played outside like 70-80 hours a week -- almost as much as I was working last year! 

We had such a beautiful summer in Chicago. In my mind's eye, I run through the grassy fields in the park, just like I did as a kid. But summer is not over. I still have a few weeks and I may run through that grassy field just yet. 

North Avenue Beach Chicago Skyline View
Facing south from North Avenue Beach
When I can't paddle board, standing here is the next best thing


Chicago Riverwalk and Skyline
Whereas my mornings ground me and start my day
My evening walks set me free from the responsibilities of the day


Nature Boardwalk Honeycomb Thingy
 This is one of my favorites but I never saw this view again
Because the Nature Boardwalk is living and breathing, it changes all the time


Nature Path in Lincoln Park
 Toto, where not in Chicago anymore
Back in late June when the Nature Boardwalk was fully blooming


Wednesday Night Fireworks in Chicago
I loved this moment
But summer's lease hath all too short a date... and now its over



Chicago Lakefront Trail in summer
Early evening on the lakefront trail in mid-August 
Deep blue skies for days


Hollywood Beach Boys
Boys being boys 
As the sun sets on Hollywood Beach


summer skyline in Streeterville
So picturesque that it looks fake
Streeterville, my least favorite neighborhood, on a beautiful summer's night


north avenue geese
Sunrise on the lakefront trail
End of August in Chicago - just before the geese left us



But Thy Eternal Summer
But Thy Eternal Summer shall not fade.... 
Until next year, my lovely


I don't know what it means but I love it

So long as men can breathe, or eyes can see
So long lives this, and gives life to thee.



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