Yesterday I went on THE most fabulous hike! It was the first rainy day we’ve had in a long time and the air smelled amazing. From the minute I woke up and felt the fresh cool air coming through my window I knew that I had to get out there. In reflection though, it’s interesting how excited I was to get outside because in the past I have never been someone to want to run around in the rain. I’m usually much more of a sun person and considered myself pretty exclusively a warm weather girl. Recently however I’ve noticed this beginning to change. All of a sudden my eyes seem to have been opened in a whole new way to the sheer magnificence of the natural world. I have always had an appreciate for nature and its beauty, but it seems to have reached a whole new level. I am smelling things in the air I’ve never before took the time to notice, and I am aware of the smallest sounds, such as the slight rusting of leaves, a bug whizzing by, or the slight flapping of birds wings. I’ve also noticed just how vibrant the colors of the trees are, especially now that it’s fall. Everyday I find myself looking up at the sky or into the trees and smiling because I am in such awe at the amazing beauty around me. It’s far more fantastical than anything man could ever create or imagine.
It think it was this new hyper awareness to my natural surroundings that made this cold misty hike so incredible. The forest smelled amazing and certain colors stood out like neon signs contrasted against the white foggy sky. It’s interesting, even though I’ve hiked these trails a hundred times before they looked so different in the rain and my attention was drawn to a whole new array of plants and animals. I saw a banana slug for the first time in years! I also came across a salamander (I think that’s what it was), a bunny, and tons of birds. The birds were having a field day since all the worms and little bugs that usually hide deep within the ground were surfacing to soak up the rain water.
From the moment I stepped onto the trail I felt so incredibly alive. I had one of those moments where I thought if I could spend everyday out in the forest I would be in heaven. In my search to find myself and my calling I’ve been trying to listen carefully to my gut, hoping that it will guide me to where I’m supposed to be. This intense feeling of belonging that I felt as I entered the forest made me think that maybe I should look for a career that will allow me to spend time among the trees, or at least a job that allows me to interact with nature in one way or another. We do our best work when we are happy and alive. If all it takes is a little fresh air and natural beauty to awaken me inside and out then maybe I should capitalize on this and use it to my advantage.