This past Sunday we headed out to Eaton Canyon in search of yet another waterfall, I’ve been kind of letting the girls chose the adventures lately and they can’t get enough of the water. We are thinking about looking in to a hike near the beach next…but I digress so let me get back on topic.
This was by far the busiest trail I have been on, which on the one hand was great to see so many people from so many walks of life enjoying the morning outdoors.
On the other hand it was easy for me to get caught up in worrying about making sure me and the girls were moving quick enough that we didn’t hold up anyone behind us. I was to aware of the pace of the people around me to really enjoy my own experience until D4, my youngest did something amazing… she stopped. Yep, that’s it she simply stopped and moved to the side to take a moment to watch a lizard. That is when it occurred to me what I had been doing and that I didn’t have to rush to keep up with someone else’s pace, I could simply move to the side and let them pass in order to create and enjoy my morning on my own terms.
That I think applies to life as well so often I will catch myself looking and comparing myself at others to measure my life; “where I should be?”, what I should be doing?”, “what I should have already accomplished?” When the fact is my life, my experiences, my joys, my sorrows, my failures and my accomplishments are just that…mine. So how can that be compared to anyone else’s experience, measured by anyone’s timeline or expected to move at anyone else’s pace . The lesson I believe is to learn to love, enjoy and embrace the pace of our own journey.