28 Mar Vancouver Island
They told me the west coast of Vancouver Island can be a little wet and stormy. Like anything it’s all about perspective! The coast is wild…oh yes forgot to mention that’s what it is called!! It was torrential rain. It was non stop! In a normal scenario you would generally choose not to hike in that sort of weather, but when you know that if you wait you for storm to pass you will potentially never hike…you go anyway. I read somewhere once it’s not about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain. That’s just it. What are we actually waiting for?!
Is it realistic to expect all the ducks to line up before we attempt to do anything? It’s just not reality. On the hike there was even a little spot called ‘Inspiration Point’. I walked on down to find an incredible little angle of the world. I spent a few mins under the deluge contemplating what nature gives us that allows us to connect with who we are. As the water soaked through my ski gear I decided to head back to the main path. Some may ask why ski gear in a deluge… well it was a space saving measure.. and I learned from that.. in fact the expression says… there is no such thing as bad weather on the Wild Coast.. just the wrong choice of gear! So that was me. Inspired but somewhat damp I turned to head back to the path. What I saw in front of me was a wall of stairs. Ever happen to you? You have a great idea and are ready to change something, start something or commit and all you can see is obstacle or hard work?! What did you expect? Be honest? It’s not always a walk in the park this change thing. It takes Energy and effort. It’s almost always worth it. But you need to commit. One foot after the other. So up I went. Now I had the damp of the rain and the heat of effort all combined to make a somewhat salubrious cocktail inside my winter gear!
Eventually arriving in the cafe with the open fire and deliciously hot clam chowder felt oh so good. We may not have climbed Everest, but the sensation of achievement and satisfaction was present nonetheless. What I noticed the most was that once we made the call to hike, after some unming and aaaahhhing, we were all in, and we laughed and we connected. All it took was the decision. We didn’t know what the outcome was going to be, but we sure knew that if we just sat around and watched another day go by, nothing new was going to happen. You gotta play in life. It’s too short to observe. Participation is where it is at.
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