Something gravitates me towards the outdoors, it's therapeutic to be in a place that just is. Devoid from the busy, trivial & obstructive world we call human society is a home to all things without. An orderly chaos designed over millions of years of evolution producing an ecosystem that is wonderfully in sync albeit through chaotic processes. It's a reminder that you are not the center of the universe-that indeed there are many things that have come and gone through the existence of humans. Nature is humbling and calming but at the same time is a place that resides the unknown, a leap from redundancy.
For the past year or so I have leapt from the world for these brief sabbaticals. Usually to trail run for a few hours with my dog Rozzi(Rosalind), an Australian Cattle Dog. Part of why I do this, well most of why, is because I feel I am stepping into the unknown. I disorient myself to re-orient my internal compass, to a place where I don't see the large signs of gas stations and fast food restaurants. But instead I am greeted by roots, creeks or wildlife. It's a secluded paradise that offers a twist or turn, a rock or hurdle at every new bound and it invigorates me to have my mind work in a new way to accommodate for this change in order.
The only problem with this is the more I enjoy the trail the more it loses part of it's unknown. I begin to feel confident in my steps, look up instead of down and begin to anticipate what is around the next corner. Hell even my dog started to cut the bends on the trail to look back as if to say 'why'd you go that way idiot?'. This dulls my mind and makes me lazy, less attuned to an instinct of alertness. I miss the unknown, the challenge of traveling down a path less-known burns a fire in my insides.
The solution can be as simple as changing directions. You'd be surprised at how different a trail appears when doing so. Rocks appear out of nowhere, my seemingly strong balance is refreshed with that familiar feeling of a rolled ankle. Valleys become hills and a recognition of status quo is thrown out the window. As I look forward to my journey at VCU's Brandcenter I am confident in my intuition to navigation such an Odyssey. Excited and nervous to journey back into that unknown place which kindles passion and drives courage to put oneself out there. In this place there is more to learn, more fulfillment in life and a promise for risk-takers that no regrets be left on your tombstone.
As I look forward to sharing my experience with all of who care to read, I encourage others to find that feeling inside to run into it rather than away, to jump into the fire. There's more to life in that which burns.