One of my New Year’s resolutions this year pertained to a lot of hiking, enjoying the outdoors, and experiencing more of the things I love. I’m happy to report I’m doing a really great job keeping those promises.
Being outdoors does something for me I can’t really explain. When I’m in the woods I can step outside the four walls that close around me all the time. On an emotional level, I’m able to disconnect from fears that pressure me. I can think more clearly among the birds, the trees, and the glorious sunshine. The wind speaks to me. The colors paint me beautiful pictures. The songs of nature sing me beautiful lullabies. I feel human, a part of the earth, and connected with the universe when I’m in the woods. I feel I belong - not alone, not unwanted, not unloved.
We all dream about doing things. We probably suggest to ourselves a dozen times a day wonderful ideas of amazing adventures, yet we either talk ourselves out of those dreams and settle for a more practical solution, or just forget about them altogether. I’m a pro. For most of my life, I didn’t fight for the opportunities to do these things for myself. I allowed the practical to rule the day. Not anymore.
I have a journal I received at Christmas that has the words “Make It Happen” stamped across the front.
This is my outdoor adventure journal, where I fill it with tokens, receipts, pamphlets, passes, and reminders of the excursions I take. I know as I fill this journal, I’m not just filling dreams on a page, I’m LIVING these adventures. I’m making it happen.
I know how easy we can allow the practicality and hardships of life to steal these dreams from us. But, I can’t express how much we need to protect them and do what we can to make them happen. Life isn’t made up of those great moments, because great moments are far and few between. What makes our lives worthwhile are what we decide to do in the simple every day moments. Don’t throw those little dreams away. Instead, make them happen.
Till next time,