NYC - Day Five.
Sometimes you've got to call an audible.
Our original itinerary called for us to do a bike ride through Central Park on St. Patrick's Day but that day ended up with questionable weather so we cancelled. Day Five originally had us going to a hike outside of the city but since the day was beautiful and we had skipped the bike tour we decided to book the bike tour instead of hike.
There is so much more to Central Park than just green-space. Our bike tour consisted of a history of the park, the city, and the infrastructure. This water reservoir has gorgeous views of the city. It was built in 1858 and 1862. It holds one billion gallons of water, which our guide said is enough to support the population of the city for one day.
There are also several places in the park where you can find public art or tributes to artists, authors, and historical figures. Our group is pictured at one sculpture representing Alice in Wonderland and the "imagine" photo is a tribute to John Lennon who lived (and died) fairly close to that part of the park.
The day of our bike ride was a beautiful spring day so the park was quite crowded but was also a great day for people watching. We saw people from all walks of life and we enjoyed several musicians who were singing, playing cello, and playing guitar.
When we got to the end of the ride we were quite tired and needed to rest a bit before heading out to dinner. We had a reservation at Jay-Z's 40/40 club. But our exhaustion caused us to move that to another day.
One of our members was so exhausted he ended up passing out and being taken by ambulance to the hospital. He told us his life really did pass before his eyes. He was checked out and given some fluids and was able to do all of the remaining activities for the rest of the trip. But it got us thinking...
When we experience movement who is getting left behind? When we remain still who leaves us behind? Neither movement nor stillness is good or bad. They happen for a variety of intentions but our intentions don't always include who we are used to including. Sometimes we have to retrace our steps or call an audible in order to circle back to people (or call ahead to people) and sometimes it is okay to move apart from others. Being apart doesn't mean we aren't still connected; it means the connection has transformed.
Until Everyone Hears,
P.S. - In case you want to read from the beginning of our trip, you can read about it here.
P.P.S. - Titus 1:5 (NRSV)