Well, don’t actually get lost geographically speaking, but take the opportunity to truly lose yourself in the wilderness. Free your mind of worry, stress, and anxiety. Take a deep breath and relax as you marvel at the wonders in nature. I challenge you to pull out a map, look for greenspace, and visit a park you’ve never been to before. (Of course, if you are a minor, make it a family event).
I did that today with my Stand Up Paddleboard and discovered memories that will be with me for a lifetime. With 18-20 mph winds, the main lake was choppy to say the least, so I found what appeared to be a cove. To my surprise the waterway twisted and turned leaving me to wonder what lie around the next bend. Eagerly I paddled, senses heightened, as I marveled at the beautiful fall foliage. Red, orange, yellow, and green leaves formed an archway around the waterway as a blue heron flew overhead. Next, a row of conifer trees lined the left bank creating a wind tunnel. One strong paddle stroke after another made no difference as I was moving nowhere despite my effort. The wind was winning as ripples formed in the water, and my board tried to turn downstream. Nonetheless, I was persistent. Surely the wind gusts would die down soon. Four strokes later, I had my opportunity as the wind took a deep breath, and I paddled upstream pass the wind tunnel to find a shallow “mini-pond” with geese swimming. My presence prompted continuous honking, which translated to me as, “Good job! Congratulations! You did it!”
Paddling downstream with the wind pushing me along, I reflected on my journey, “It’s not just about trying to survive in the wilderness; it is about living it. The best way to do that is to be inspired by new explorations.”