“Soak in what’s real and what’s real is unhurried. The ground. The air. The exhale. The planted seed. The shift. The season” —Victoria Erickson
Most of my days are spent following a schedule. Call these people. Meet with those clients. Be here. Go there. It’s hard to keep up with how fast time is moving. At times it becomes robotic. I am about to take on more work, as I begin working a “job” again…which means I no longer even get a say in how my schedule works. I feel the pressure boiling as the start dates gets near.
It’s moments like these, where I am away everyone else. Where there is no cell service. And the only interactions are the ones that take place in the moment as my feet move one foot in front of the other touching the unexplored ground. I get lost in time. Any emptiness I experience, gets filled. Any spiraling thoughts, get grounded. Any stress get soothed. All the loudness, gets quieted.
This unmarked trail gave me sometime to slow down, to hold on, to be taught, to separated things, hide things, explore things.
You see I am in a career where I have to be on. Any challenges I am facing that day have to be shelved. Any distractions or painful emotions have to be turned off. It’s my job to help others…but that doesn’t mean that in that same moment I may be needing some help myself. We are constantly living parallel lives; we are human. We share more similar experiences than we do different.
I use my own support systems, including a coach to help me navigate current challenges I am facing. I value this investment, this time, and this process…because she forces me to really explore areas I am unwilling to change, acknowledge other areas where I don’t give myself enough credit, and keeps me accountable to that process of growth no matter what.
These times where I get to explore, connect back to nature, be invisible to everyone else give me a chance to reset.
The outdoors will always be a place that will hold you tighter than any human being. Go there. It’s ever inviting. It will always protect you, comfort you, demonstrate love, and give you opportunity to explore your dreams and get your questions answered.
Nature will always listen as you walk, soften you as you stop to rest, and remind you of what’s really valuable and important in life.