Hearing a place from someone afar, looking it up on the internet, doing my homework, processing it in my mind. Reading, reading, and reading. (I love to read) Searching all the imaginable options to get there, making it possible. Once possible, it’s go time. So I get here, sip on the last drop left of my coffee, get my gear together, put my hiking boots on , tie them, and just go. But wait, it’s 4am, pitch dark, very foggy, no service and I’m basically by myself. Forcefully reminding myself where I was again... Should I wait to see if someone ends up coming? Should I wait until the first rays of sun light make there way into the sky, making my journey a bit more comforting? It’s foggy, it looks like it’s about to rain, should I just go back? Why would I even go through this, why would I even waste my time right? Is it even worth risking it?
But see, when I’m surrounded in nature I feel peace. A constant peace like no where else. Doesn’t matter when, where, or what I’m doing. Of course I always have these typical kind of thoughts every time I do or go somewhere. Not just when it comes to hiking but with life in general. But you know what’s pretty amazing though? What’s so intriguing? The fact that we as humans have the option of choosing for ourselves. We have free will of doing what makes us whole. What nurture us, what inspires us to carry on pursuing that one thing that we can’t simply live without and with that, sometimes making our own decisions upon things that perhaps the odds weren’t playing in our favor. Such as this particular morning for example. But once I got to the top, once I conquered that summit..it was like the mountains, the skies, the sun were like, here you go bud..you deserve this. No one around, it felt like heaven. It felt like home. This world is incomprehensibly wonderful. An endless prospect of magic and wonder that sometimes if we don’t overcome our own fears and don’t get out of our comfort zone and risk it, we might miss it. I guess it’s true when they say nature wears the colors of the spirit.. So now if my mind asks me, was it worth it? My heart would ask in return…when are we doing it again?
📍Shenandoah NP, Virginia 🇺🇸