Underneath large concrete benches I could see their mud trails etched into the damp soil.
While walking through the Museum Campus in Grant Park before work, I noticed the spanning walkways were LITTERED with worms.
I couldn't figure out why they'd travel so far out only to be trampled on by morning runners or pecked away by birds or dried out by the rising sun. Was it God's plan for them to be left aimless and vulnerable?
I thought of picking them up and moving them to safety but was afraid I'd be sending them in a direction they weren't intending to go. I just let them be as I didn't want to interrupt their journey. (Maybe that's what God does with us?)
Did the worms know where they were going or did they just think they knew?
The nerd in me checked online and started researching the migration habits of worms. Ugh!
Apparently if the soil becomes too acidic it can cause worms to look for more neutral land. Flooding of their underground tunnels due to rain also draws them out. And naturally needing to mate and populate new territory is another factor.
Is it wise to traverse all that way to be elsewhere, or better--safer--to stay where it's familiar? I think I'd die if I lived here my whole life.
A fellow blogger recently moved to another state and mentioned how much happier he is now.
Maybe that's what I need to do too. Move somewhere like Seattle where it's cloudy over half of the year. Or somewhere quiet and scenic.
I've been applying to jobs in Lexington, KY to be nearer to my ex but I'm not sure that's wise anymore.
How do I know which positions to apply for and which to turn down? Stay local or search nationwide?
What if I never meet anyone in Chicago? What if there's an amazing man but he lives in another city? How will I find him? How will he find me? There could be a fantastic job opportunity far, far from here.
Do I have to risk inching across the proverbial sidewalk to find what I seek in life or just stick with what I know? Should my mud trails always be from the same place or be scattered across this world of ours?
Life would be so much simpler if I were a worm.