‘Wherever you go, go with all your heart’ – Confucius
It was all too much for me. I needed an escape. Do you know how dangerous it is to be the type of person who keeps things to themselves? Being the kind of person who bears their pearly whites during the day, and breaks down the minute you close your bedroom door, is exhausting in addition to life in general. I decided to escape…plus the trip was free so why not.
Luckily for me, one of my friends agreed to join me..unfortunately for both of us we ended up running late so 1) We didn’t have breakfast 2) None of us thought to buy snacks or water.. all that was on our mind was getting to the bus on time.. which we did with plenty of time to spare.
Now I’m the kind of person who tends to attract people to myself. Don’t let your mind think too much..let me explain. I’m a listener, I will give people the time they need to vent about something (anything really), complain or even talk about how things seem to be working out pretty well for them. I will listen to everyone, my mum, brothers and friends. Heck if it wasn’t for my apparent “scary” face strangers would be welcome as well. I find that the only person I can vent to although he never appears to be listening 😀 is my dad. He’s a really good listener.
My friend is a talker, so she really got to talking the whole bus ride there and it helped, distracted me from my own problems. For the time being anyway.
We were to hike for 7 miles. Now when you’re unfamiliar with certain units of measurements, you can either overestimate or underestimate the exact measurement/distance. I really should have checked because at the end of the day, after going up and down, we had covered a total of 12 kilometres!!!. I used to walk only 10 for Mater Heart run ( I know difference of 2.. I can get really lazy at times…just call my mum to confirm. 072.. 🙂 )
Have a look at some of the pictures:
We continued the hike (after buying snacks) with more energy. We became more talkative and even interacted with others in the group for a while. However, in the moments of silence I kept thinking about the issues I was going through.. until I came to a realisation, I was letting my problems take control of my life.
Here I was, an hour away from my city in a town completely unknown to me and I let my problems follow me; giving them the power of preventing me from seeing and appreciating God’s creation. I then made up my mind, I was going to live in the moment.
Believe me when I said it worked. The simple act of letting go of what I couldn’t change and deciding to live in the moment was the best decision I made that day.
I became carefree, happy. At that moment it was as though I was a new person. I noticed how much cleaner the air was on top of the hills, and didn’t care too much for the mud and puddles that were all over the place. At that moment nothing really mattered except for me. I was putting myself and my needs first by being present.
4 hours later, when we completed the hike, I was the happiest I had been in a while. I was even happier when we went to a local pub for dinner. 😉 .
I got home that night overwhelmed by lassitude. All I wanted to do was have a warm shower and jump into bed and that is exactly what happened. My problems didn’t bother me again until I was ready to tackle them the following day with a new perspective.
Point is, most times we tend to carry unnecessary weight on our shoulders knowingly or unknowingly. It’s okay and sometimes necessary to escape even for a while. Take a day off or even a week..take as much time as you can and go as far away as you’d like. Go find yourself first. Learn to love the person you find; your weaknesses as well as your strengths. You’re a masterpiece and you deserve to discover that for yourself.
And when you’re ready, tackle the problem head on. Don’t just bury it deep down and hope for it to disappear because it will manifest itself in a new way.