I am a high stress, get things done, go go go, type A woman. I worry and dwell. I am an undiagnosed hypochondriac. My days are fairly consistent: work, then gym, then either meet up with friends, or entertain my creative endeavors. The daily grind fuels my stress, dwelling and worries, the gym is somewhat of a respite and time spent with friends serves as a much needed forum for venting, but rarely leads to any immediate epiphanies. There is one thing, though, that does not necessarily diminish the whirlwind of uncertainty and confusion, rather, makes it all seem okay.
On BMX Sunday, the city exudes a solace that surrounds me. I view it from a different perspective, in particular, the quiet serenity offered by the East side. This is where most of my time is spent, riding alongside the rail road tracks and graffiti-written walls.
Last Sunday, at the brunch at Paggi House, DJ Chicken George, El Jon Selector, and Brandon, a guest DJ from NY and creator of Properly Chilled, threw down some chilled out, low tempo, mind relaxing beats.
Just one block east of I35, a group of graf writers usually gather in this lot. They pull up a van, bump some hip hop and paint all afternoon. Last Sunday, all that appeared were these ghost walls. Sad, but the nature of this medium.
This is the pinnacle of calm. Justine's Brasserie is pretty far down on the east side, just about as far as you want to go on a BMX, and a bittersweet location to reach. While arriving at this point offers an amazing relief, it marks the time to turn around, muscle up some daunting hills, and step back into reality.
The South 1st street bridge serves as a reminder of how this city can inspire, challenge, and relieve. For having the opportunity to experience this... I am a lucky girl...