Statue of Liberty
I went to a cookout at the Historic Liberty National Park yesterday, which also happens to be one of my go-to places to read, think and write. For those not familiar, this park is adjacent to the Statue of Liberty and offers some of the best views of the NYC skyline.
Whenever I visit this park to jog, ponder, journal, or attend a function, I always make time to take a stroll by Lady Liberty. So when I finished hanging out with my friends at the cookout, I decided to take a leisurely walk around the park.
Would you care to join me? 😊
The timing was ideal because I love viewing the NYC skyline just as the sky transitions from daylight to nightfall. In the here and now, this also meant that I had a good chance of witnessing the exact moment when the night lights are turned on at the Statue of Liberty; thus, shining a spotlight on this iconic statue as it beams a beacon of light out to the world, symbolically speaking.
As I was inching my way over to a spot alongside the Hudson River that is close to Ellis Island, thoughts of optimism began to flow with abundance in my head, and a peaceful feeling overtook my body.
With that calm feeling warming my heart and so many lovely thoughts swirling around, I naturally embraced this moment fully and let my mind wander freely.
Now sitting on a bench with the Statue of Liberty in my direct line of sight, I slowly scanned the area, and while doing so, I noticed a display with photos and information about Water Birds. It piqued my curiosity, so I stood up and walked over to read it.
In the middle of reviewing the info, I suddenly heard the sound of jet skis splashing forcefully in the water as some riders were making their way down the river.
At this very moment, I had an urge to take pictures, so I took some then started walking again. A few minutes later, I bumped into a photographer, so of course, I introduced myself and struck up a conversation.
Interestingly enough, he had been camped out in his current position for a couple of hours, taking pictures for a popular global magazine.
After that pleasant exchange, the sky was almost dark, and when I took another look at Lady Liberty, the moment I was hoping to catch happened right before my eyes. I watched in awe as the night lights came on and illuminated the Statue of Liberty.
I stood there for several minutes with a big smile on my face, and with that, I felt inspired to write! I immediately began capturing my thoughts in my journal app while walking back to my car.
When I made it to my freshly washed gold SUV, I paused for a second, turned my body towards the Hudson River, and took one last pic. Then, I jumped in my car, turned on the air conditioner, and spent the next three minutes completing this journal entry — the end.
Well, friends, this is what was on my heart this Sunday morning, and I trust you enjoyed our latest walk together.
I wish you a relaxing Sunday and a great week ahead. Let’s go!