Ever since I left my job at ExactTarget and began freelancing, I’ve made it a goal of mine to walk Green Lake every day. The plan was to do it every morning before I start client work and swing into Zoka Coffee afterward to have a drink and visit. Have I done this every day? No, but I’m trying.

I’m very inspired by Twitter creator Jack Dorsey and read in an interview that he liked to go on walks to reflect and think about ideas. One day, I took a second to sit and watch the ducks. They have a special place in my heart because my team at Nike typically used the term “get our ducks in a row” all the time. I snapped a few photos on my phone and noticed these two ducks.

It shook my world.

Whether these ducks were actually a couple or not, what they stood for made me rethink things. I could not help but smile when I saw the two ducks cuddling together, overlooking Green Lake without a care in the world. We as humans seem to complicate things so much. These ducks did not care out much money each other made, what religion they are, how clean they want the house. Hell, they didn’t even talk to each other. I sat there for 20 minutes just watching them sit together…not a sound. On occasion they would glance at each other, then look back to the lake.

I never thought I’d say “I want a relationship like those two ducks have” but it was totally true, and still is. I have been in a lot of relationships recently that have been very hurtful and just straight up emotionally abusive to the point of scaring me to even pursue a relationship. It’s amazing how these two animals may restore hope for me.