Here’s what I learned today at Turkey Mountain:
- I enjoy challenges. Simply put, there were many times the trail split off and had two paths you could take. One seemed to always be smoother, less mud, not as steep, not as rocky; while its counterpart just looked nasty. About half way through my hike, I realized I had yet to take the easier path. Turns out, when presented options, I like to wage war. Which is good, if you can control it and not let the chaos control you- which is something I’ve learned in great detail the past few month.
- Some threats aren’t really threats at all. This one is kind of funny… within 10 minutes of my hike I came across a snake in the path in front of me. It scared the shit out of me! However, upon further inspection, I realized the snake’s head was pleasantly crushed under a rock. This threat was no threat at all. Which makes me think, how many times do the things that we stress about really never come to fruition? I would venture to guess that most of our anxiety is driven by things that we think will happen, or future threats that we perceive, that in actuality never show themselves in our life.
- Some obstacles cannot be foreseen. On the backside of the trail, along the river, I was trotting along a nice wide, smooth path with little to no boulders or trees in front of me and all of sudden, my foot caught the smallest of stumps and I damn near went down. Lesson learned: sometimes, in the smoothest of times, we can’t see the bumps in our path because we’re not looking for them. Therefore, to avoid unforeseen obstacles in your path, develop sniper focus in all you do. Be present and don’t trip.
- It’s ok to ask for help. As I mentioned, it has been years since I’ve been to Turkey Mountain. And, not gonna lie, I got turned around on a trail and found myself a bit lost. Which if you’ve ever been lost in the woods, it’s not fun. Kinda freaky to be honest. Luckily a couple of off road cyclists came around the bend and I flagged them down and simply asked which way would lead me back to my truck. They were very friendly and pointed me in the right direction and we all went on our way and I eventually did find my truck right where I had left. it. It’s ok to ask for help. Our ego is the only thing getting in the way of you remaining lost in the woods, or in life. Look for a mentor, ask for help, and get back on the right track