Spring is upon us! I imagine for most places in the Northern Hemisphere, people are experiencing the type of joy that comes with the first warm day without a coat. In London, sunshine has been with us for the past few days! For a city known for its gloom, this weather has been downright magical.
This afternoon, I took advantage of my flexible student life and went on a run on the South Bank along River Thames. It was the happiest I have been in a long long time. I ran with ease. The brisk air moved me forward. Everyone around me seemed to be in an equally good mood. For the first time, I did not grunt at tourists who were walking slowly and blocking my way. Instead, I smiled. I smiled at toddlers who were wobbling around, at lovers in intimate embrace, at people in suit who sneaked out of the office for a late lunch, and at school kids who were walking in herds in uniform.
I was so happy and felt completely carefree. I ran along the south bank, cross Borough Market, reached Tate Modern and across Millennium Bridge and reached St. Paul’s Cathedral. It was a perfect day. I think the last time I felt this way was my run down the dirt road in my village in Cameroon. I love the feeling of being one with the world and can take in life in perspective.
It’s a wonderful feeling to walk out of the door and know that people on the street are happy. London sunshine put the entire city in a good mood. The sunshine is indeed magical and they bring happy days!