Being the designer of my destiny and my journeys, I have recently declared myself a local tourist. From what I hear, no self-respecting local tourist can claim to be one, if they have never visited this small piece of heaven. We all know that I am more than self respecting, and I have had the privileged of visiting The Nairobi Arboretum.
Nature has a way of embracing you, and especially if you find plenty of it. The Nairobi Arboretum is overflowing with nature, and from the moment you go through the gates, peace overwhelms you. It’s like being embraced by angels. Being told that it’s ok, to let go. They are here for you. The first time I went through the gates, tears washed over me, and calm I had never known engulfed me. It was like someone just lifted a heavy burden from my heart. A burden I never even knew I was carrying.
What amazed me, and still does, is the fact that while you can tell that this is one place human beings have greatly encroached and left their mark, and I mean literally, including naming trees and building pathways, one thing has clearly not deserted this place. Peace. With it’s vast space, you can never fail to find your tiny piece of heaven. Over time, I have even managed to make friends. Real friends. This one I have named Piper. He has a very curious nature. Kind of reminds me of me.
Since I discovered this slice of heaven, I have become a regular. I am not known to be very generous, but this is one place that I am willing to share with anyone who wants to feel that wonderful calming embrace. Sometimes I go to the Arboretum and just lie on the grass. Look up. Chew on a blade of grass once in a while (they tend to taste nice in here). Remind myself that no matter how harsh life can get, peace surrounds us always.