01 Sep NATURAL LOVE: WHAT TO REMEMBER ON FATHER’S DAY
I remember many distinct moments in life when I realized I was capable of much more. The earliest of these memories were with my father. Pushing myself to get to the top of one peak only to see the most beautiful view of the next peak to climb – a nice metaphor for life.
My father has shared some of the greatest gifts of life. The types of gifts you receive when you’re a kid only to recognize their sweet sincerity as you grow and mature. Developing a relationship with nature has opened worlds of mystery and adventure, of love and fantasy, and shown me the biggest lessons in self-discovery.
I’ve learned that every trail has its ups and downs, changes in direction, and the excitement hidden around each bend in the trail is what makes walking the path worthwhile.
Lessons From Nature:
- Get uncomfortable. Get outside (yourself) and your comfort zone and be comfortable with the unexpected rainstorm or hiking under the moonlight.
- Find grounding. Nature teaches you how to grow deep roots, to grow upwards and outwards, and to reach for the sky. Stand firm when the heavy winds try to knock you down.
- Listen carefully to the humming of the wind as it rides against the sharp edges of the mountain. Nature teaches you to listen to yourself most importantly. Believe in that voice with confidence and don’t be afraid of the quiet stillness that stalks you in the woods.
Lessons From Dad:
- Remember to slow down, smell that cool earthy air, and to pose for a photo opp. You’re never too old to pose for a photo. The wilderness doesn’t need to be seen through the lens of Instagram, it’s raw and beautiful just as it is.
- There’s nothing like a sip of rum to warm the body when the temperature hits the teens and your bootlaces are frozen together from a long hike.
- No matter how old, he’ll fire up the stove and take care of everyone before himself.
- He will always carry more weight and know the best direction.
I encourage you to develop an intimate relationship with nature. To close your eyes and breath it in. Learn to be alone and quiet. Learn to be comfortable. Thank you, Dad, for introducing me to this wild, wild world.