My experience in Montreal.
Canada has ten provinces and when you break that down, you're looking at a vast number of cities in each province. Some cities could be bigger than others or feel more at home than others. Having spent two years in Toronto, a city in the province of Ontario, I began my journey to a place I've only heard opinions of but was fortunate to get the chance to see myself. Montreal, here I am.
It is a beautiful sunny day. The sun is shining, birds are chirping, the weather spells out the word “perfect” and here you are, going for a walk. Some of us tend to smoke or drink to ease our minds while some of us folks take a different approach in the form of going out for a walk. Walking may sound simple but the activity has so many benefits that are not mentioned enough. Whenever I go out for a walk, it’s always near the straight path at the hillside I live by. Walking on a steep path versus on a flat path are two different things. You don’t want gravity pulling you one way when it’s already keeping you on earth, it is tiring which is why I prefer walking on a flat, straight path. When I’m walking, I have my headphones on and listen to music and the experience itself just feels relaxing. I went walking around a hill without my headphones and it felt like an endless mission and it was plain out stressful. However, I walked at the same place this time having my headphones on and the experience was different. Instead of focusing on the area, my mind went elsewhere and I just walked. I walked around that same area for an expanded amount of time and discovered many other paths and something about it that made it feel satisfying. Walking alone is what most people go for but I’m a big fan of walking with friends because, for me, a long walk coupled with a conversation is a match made in heaven. While walking you talk about Gerald getting a new car that looks ugly or Liverpool losing to Southampton and the list goes on. I went for a walk with a friend to the downtown area of Montreal. The surrounding itself was beautiful, it resembled Times Square given the number of screens around the place except without its major crowds or street performers. Do keep in mind this is an era where masks and distancing are the norms but even that doesn’t stop me from having a long, enjoyable walk. Not everyone favors long walks as it can be tiring given its lengthy nature but doing something without purpose will always feel lengthy. We go out for a walk mainly to clear our minds or open a door for new ideas to flow in(The idea of writing this came from a walk I had last week). I suggest walking around a sightseeing area as not only will you have something to look at, but the significance of the sights takes your mind away from how long you’ve been walking. I consider myself a lucky buck for always getting a place coupled with reasonable walking sites and every walk I take gives me a new person feel like a huge weight is off my shoulders. One of the best walks I ever had was in the city of Montreal the downtown side called Saint Catherine. The path itself is flat so no worries in steep settings, it is a good area packed with screens and art sculptures, and most of all, it feels as if you’re walking in an outdoor museum. Walking during the daytime in that area is exceptional but my best experience came during the evenings. The place was lit up with lights resembling the likes of Times Square. Calm music is played and there are so many eye-catching artistic sculptures worth stopping and admiring. I walked around Saint Catherine with a friend and it was a joy. Not only was the path filled with sights but we also had a fruitful conversation about Among Us and whether Manchester United would win the league in this unpredictable season. It was a cold night as well and I wore the lightest jacket instead of a thick one for reasons being I underestimated the weather. We walked the entire downtown area and had a great time, we had endless conversations and admired the good amount of sights around us and it felt calm and relaxing. It was 10 PM and we decided to walk back home the walk back was even relaxing as we had more sights ahead of us and part of me did wish the walk never ended as it felt great. I don’t count the distance I’ve walked but I’m pretty confident I’m up there with the ranks of those who do it for fitness purposes. Would I walk again? Absolutely !, It’s one of the many activities I enjoy and I consider it very crucial as it allows me to think of new ideas or just give me a chance to shake things off and feel better again. To those who don’t see the bright side of walking, I recommend having a good fifteen-minute walk around the neighborhood. It doesn’t sound a lot but if done daily, you’ll start to see some health benefits such as immunity boosts, aging delays, and my favorite of all, mood improvement. Whenever you’re feeling down or got nothing to do, put on your shoes and go out for a walk and you’ll come back feeling better and enriched with new ideas.
The mistake to greatness
Mistakes happen. it is a very complex element of life because of the aftermath it shapes up. Sometimes out of these mistakes, a greater outcome forms from learning from that mistake, and then there’s the heavier kind of mistakes, the ones where the outcome is not positive and at times has no outcome. We'll get a better understanding of this concept as we follow Jack Carlington, a twenty-three-year-old Scottish local in Celtic who played in a semi-professional team. Jack is a good, hardworking, and disciplined man who dreamed of being a professional football player just like his father. He’d wake up five in the morning and head to the field to practice because he believed that practice makes perfect and as insane as this routine looks on paper, it displayed his determination and commitment to follow his dream. In the afternoons, he’d do a light workout focusing on the little things such as his flexibility and mobility. In the evenings, he’d go to the nearby local football club to watch a game and from that game, he’d analyze every little detail such as how the players position themselves to receive the ball, how they work together to thread seamless plays, and breakdown the opposition. Jack was a huge admirer of Johan Cruyff, a Dutch legend, considered to be one of the most influential figures in football history, and Jack was inspired by the visual Cruyff had of football. It all looked possible for Jack until one day changed the course of everything, as he was playing in a match against the local rival team.