Almost 2 years ago I made the decision to move back to my hometown. I had been overseas on and off since I graduated from college. It has been during the past two years that I have literally fallen in love with my city, and the trails that surround me.
I grew up literally 5 minutes from Rock Bridge State Park. I didn't take advantage of this fact when I was younger, but I totally take advantage of it now.
Yesterday we had an early release day, in order to get grades completed. I decided to go for a hike.
I forget how much hiking does in my soul, until I am out actually doing it. For me hiking a trail is a time when I can let the worries of the world slowly slip away. There is just something about being out in nature that I find so amazingly wonderful. To be following this distinct path, winding around the woods...and just being able to think through things. It inspires me so much on this level that I am not sure I can even put into words.
Placing one foot in front of the other, knowing that through the ups and downs on this trail...I will have accomplished something in the end. I will end my journey, having worked through a lot of the mess that gets stuck inside my head.
I am so thankful for a place to go and hike, so close to my home. I am thankful that I have a trail that I love. I am inspired by what I see. I am inspired because looking at trees and flowers reminds me that there is something bigger than myself. It reminds me that I am not alone. It reminds me that if I keep fighting, and keep living my dreams.....that is enough.
Do you have a place that inspires you? A park, a trail? How do you get out and enjoy nature?