Tuesday, January 14, 2014
As I sat in a cedar forest on Friday morning enjoying the beauty around me, I realized not many people get to experience going off trail. I do spend a fair amount of time on the trails, but if a set of animal tracks head off trail you can bet I am going to follow them. And if there is a sound calling out to me from off the trail, I will follow it too. If I have the desire to get into the woods, I mean really get into the woods, I do, and that often means going off trail.
Thinking about this in the quiet of the woods on Friday morning I came to the realization that not only do I go off trail in the woods, I tend to do it in life. I am not one to follow the well worn path, I like to be different, I enjoy carving out my own path and I love the experiences that come with it. This is not something I do consciously, it is just who I am.
I wonder though how many of us follow that well worn path just because. Because it is what is expected. Because it is what we should do. Because it is what everyone else does. I challenge you to step off that path, go off trail, surrender to the fact you don't quite know where it is going to take you, and then enjoy the ride.
It might be a little scary, you might find it exhilarating and you might discover something about yourself you didn't know. Life, your life, is right in front of you, will you spend following the well worn path, or will you carve your own, off trail?