Beauty is what we find
When we follow our hearts,
Rather than a paper map.
Joys is what builds inside;
It’s what we are,
When we choose our path.
I avoid crowds. It’s not that I’m anti-social; it’s just that I don’t like to be around people. That doesn’t seem friendly. Let me try again. I don’t want to step on toes, rub elbows with, or bump into dozens of strangers when I’m on vacation (or anytime, really). In crowded places, I experience chest pain and trouble breathing – I feel trapped. I do what I can to avoid that feeling.
So, I guess this means I don’t like to be around people 🙂
We travel to Sedona, Arizona several times a year. I’ve lived in Arizona for….well, more than half my life (not going to reveal exactly how many years because that makes me feel old!) and I’ve never visited Slide Rock State Park. The cars parked on the narrow shoulders for a mile before and after the park entrance can only mean one thing: tons of people.
Of course, Slide Rock is a big draw during the summertime because the Arizona desert is hot and the creek water is cold. You slide on mossy rocks as the water carries you down the creek (says my husband, who has done it.)
The first picture on this post was our version of Slide Rock. We spent forty-five minutes in that area and only one other person passed by. My older son let the current carry him a couple hundred feet, squealing the whole time. I know the rocks were quite slippery because I lost my footing as I stepped gingerly into the creek. Good thing hubby has quick reflexes or I’d have a broken tailbone and bag of ruined phones and cameras right now 🙂
The point is, we rely too much on maps, guidebooks and websites. We’re often too focused on the destination rather than the journey. When we stick to the beaten path, we miss the rest of the world that’s just waiting for us to take it in.
Find beauty. Feel joy. Have fun. Explore!