Today I decided to have a me day. After a busy weekend I needed to recharge. I was struggling to be motivated this morning but this urge to connect with nature won. I slipped on my pink galoshes and head out the door to the nature preserve by my house. Immediately all my internal struggles seemed to disappear with each step. As I walked deeper into the preserve I noticed a trail that went back into the woods. It is off the normal route I take when I come here. It looked messy and sloppy and drew me in. Off I go… Time to explore… The further into the woods the messier it became. I could hear the earth squishing with each step and I loved it.
Instead of being cautious and tiptoeing around these messy puddles like I normally would, I trudged through them. Instantly I thought about how we are afraid of entering into the messes of our lives. We build them up to be scared of and believe nobody willingly chooses to dive right in, assuming that only bad will come out of it. The mud, muck and puddles are dark, they have a look of sadness, the ability to suck you in. But this time I saw them in a playful way, a curious way. Like maybe entering this mess isn’t all it’s wrapped up to be? I used to think… But what if I fall and all this mud consumes me…Now I realize there is a lot of fun to be had in the middle of the muck. It doesn’t have to be thought as this dark place that you don’t want to step foot in. From now on I’m not going to avoid them. The mess is where the magic happens. There isn’t much growth in taking the nice clean detours in life. Or waiting for conditions to be just right before steping my foot out the door. Dive into the muck. It’s power is not what you think. I realized it was all in my head. Who cares if I fall! It’s just mud.. I’ll laugh at myself and get right back up! Choosing to wander off the main route and explore into the unknown helped me come to this. Instead of approaching with caution I went in with curiosity.. Open minded to what I would find and learn… an adventure. Nature is a wonderful teacher, it is so symbolic for me. It helps me make sense of things in the purist way. We let emotions and experiences cloud our judgement as humans. All the while nature is here reminding us how simple it can be…..