Have you ever had a moment while traveling when something out of the blue happened to inspire you? I’ve had a few of those moments, and I love when they occur. One of those was during my California trip in 2013, meeting a celebrity photographer who gave me advice that completely changed my perspective. When I came home, I did a total revamp of my website and did a lot of reflecting on my work. You can read the entire story here.
I also had a small moment last year while wandering in Colorado. I had just checked out Red Rocks Amphitheater when I started driving back toward Denver. Just a couple of miles down the road from Red Rocks, I found a little park with some hiking trails. I decided to stop and check it out.
I walked the trail enjoying the beautiful scenery and occasionally passing a mountain biker or fellow hiker. As I kept walking, I thought about turning around a few times because of my horrendous sense of direction – I didn’t really want to get myself lost. Ultimately, I decided to just keep going. The views continued to become even more amazing and the trails gradually became steeper and steeper. I kept powering through despite being terribly out of shape and knowing I was in a place where the air is much thinner than I’m used to. I found myself standing high on top of Morrison, Colorado – and I blacked out for a short second upon getting up there too. So much for pacing myself in the Colorado altitude! Luckily I snapped out of it pretty quickly.
I stood there and just looked out, feeling like I had just conquered the world. To many it was a small feat, but to me, it was an amazing feeling. I pushed myself to reach the top and I did it on my own – and the views were definitely worth it.
I then noticed a large flat rock below me that said “THE MIND IS EVERYTHING. WHAT YOU THINK, YOU BECOME.” That is when I realized it was all worth it. That day, I moved one step closer to being what my mind wants me to be.
So when everyone else thinks i’m strange for traveling solo, I think they’re strange for not. People miss out on a lot of “a-ha” moments when they don’t try.
If you’re interested in taking this hike, check out this website.
“THE MIND IS EVERYTHING. WHAT YOU THINK, YOU BECOME.”