Today I took a long hike with my mom and our friend Sue. It was a beautiful day and absolutely perfect for a hike.
We chose to go up the Flume in Franconia Notch. It’s a well-traveled trail, but we did it backwards: we climbed up the back way and then down to the main entrance. It’s a much more challenging climb going that direction and it also meant that we were bucking the flow of traffic the whole way.
The draw at the Flume is a series of very narrow walkways going up through a crevasse created by the glaciers. There are spectacular views as the rock walls tower over you and the water flows beside and under you.
As we came down the up staircase, we were constantly being squeezed over to the side by other people who were going the more “normal” way.
Which kept striking me – isn’t this how I live my life? I tend to go in the opposite direction of most people. I tend to look for the alternate answer. I tend to be the one who starts a new trend because I’m not satisfied to follow the old trend.
It’s not rebellion for rebellion’s sake. I just want to make sure that what I’m doing makes sense for me right now, rather than following what made sense for someone else 2 days or 20 years ago.
Today was a very visual and kinesthetic experience of how I live my life.
It was a lovely and gentle experience with a powerful reminder that it’s okay to be who I am.