I love trekking into unknown territories. The anticipation, the curiosity, the unfamiliarity is all so exciting to me. I don’t always know what to expect, but I’m still eager to get out there… to not only see what lies ahead, but to hear it, to feel it, to truly experience it for better or worse.
This is what I was thinking about this afternoon as the family took a short impromptu hike on the Appalachian Trail. It was cold and windy with feel-like temps below freezing, but I was just as happy to be there. It’s amazing how meditative a walk in nature can be. You’re forced to truly live in the moment and to appreciate the beauty that surrounds you.
In my so called real life, I often struggle with a scatter-brained anxiety that clouds my focus and leaves me feeling mentally and physically drained. Sound familiar? It’s a common symptom to a common problem. I have too many obligations and responsibilities and too few resources to make all the ends meet (whether it be time, money or energy). It seems like I am always working or worrying about some issue (or ten!) and I feel like I’m missing out on the more important things in life.
But when you take a break to escape in nature, you’re forced to remember how simple life should be. Your obligations are reduced to only the most basic of necessities. Food, water, shelter… or in our case for today, warmth. There is something so liberating in this realization. The sense of clarity that rushes through you is invigorating. You’re alive in every sense of the word and able to appreciate and experience life on a whole new level.
For the first time in a long time, I wasn’t consumed by those noisy incessant thoughts of all the things on my never-ending task list. I wasn’t checking the bank account or email. Instead, I was truly content and happy to be on a new adventure with the ones I love.
Life should always be this easy to enjoy. And it certainly can be! We just need less work and obligations in our lives and a lot more adventure!