Night

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By: Connor Lenahan

I’m a creature of habit. When I find something I deem pleasurable I tend to repeat it. This is probably going to lead to my eventual death with the reported cause being Oreo overdose.

For a long time I’ve enjoyed walking around Boston at night. The problem would always be the weather. For the majority of my time at Boston University in late 2013 and early 2014 it would be too cold to be out for extended periods of time. This was frustrating, but when you move to Boston you know what you’re getting into.

That’s what has made the last two weeks so wonderful. With the air clear and the temperature holding steady at a cool not cold digit I have been able to return to walking around my home. Unlike the academic year the roads are far quieter. I can have yards of pavement to myself. It’s beautiful.

I actively love living in a city that surrounds me with people at every turn. It’s an absolute joy. Yet at the same time there is a beauty to walking the same streets where I duck in and out of pedestrian traffic all by my lonesome.

I’ve long believed the most fascinatingly beautiful sight in our world is when the lights turn off in all the places they never dim. Back home in Waverly I would love to drive back through town at 1 AM just to see everything at peace. No coffee being made, no pizzas, no shopping, no humans. Just peace.

That’s the same thing I love in Boston. I like to take the same walk to the supermarket late at night. It’s four miles round trip. I never mind the distance. I just pop in my headphones and admire the serenity around me.

It clears my head. It relaxes me. It reminds me of how blessed I am to be able to call this city, this campus my home and to call my life my own.

It’s truly beautiful.

Don’t get me wrong, I love having people around campus. It’s far too quiet for my liking in the summer. But that only applies when the sun is in the sky. When it sets all I want, all I need is Commonwealth Avenue to myself. Peace and quiet.

Try it some time. You’ll love it just as much as I do.

Connor Lenahan (@ConnorLenahan) is a sophomore at Boston University, majoring in journalism.