I went on a hike today with a friend I met in a class this past semester and one of his friends. We got out of town a bit and got lost among trails and creeks. Pretty early on we abandoned even following an official trail, and jumped into the rocky creek and explored. It was one of the best mornings I’ve had in a long time. Or ever, really. I’m still exhausted from the almost three hour adventure.
I’ve always loved going on runs through parks or walking Dallas and just zoning out to my music, but there was something about today. Out there in the boonies, with no cell signal, no headphones, just me and a couple of friends, my anxiety was silenced. I felt so comfortable with myself, and the beauty of the area actually took my breath away.
There was a moment though, between climbing through teetering creek rocks, and when we decided that a tree was a good bridge to cross some water, there was a period where two of us sat, and the other skipped rocks, and it was just… quiet.
It was raining. Not hard, but still precipitating. Somehow, even sitting in the open, we didn’t get totally soaked. The surrounding trees shaded us enough. But you could hear the birds, the rain on the leaves of the trees, C skipping rocks, and it was the most peaceful period of time I’ve ever experienced. Nobody was talking. We were all just there, in the moment.
And in that moment, I felt calm. I am not someone who ever feels calm. I am an extremely Type A personality that likes routines and schedules and has a hard time doing nothing without panicking about other things that need to be done. I’m wound pretty tight. It’s not great, and I’m working on it. I’m a lot better than I used to be. But I felt so calm then, and really the whole time I was with them I felt like that. I felt calm and accepted and content. Minus the few minutes of me walking across a fallen tree to get across water and praying I wouldn’t fall, because my phone was definitely in my pocket. (Somehow I didn’t fall, and I’m still insanely proud of myself for managing to do that.)
But being out there, I forgot about everything. I forgot about how I just quit my crappy retail job for the sake of my sanity. I forgot about how, despite countless applications to real jobs, I haven’t received any phone calls for interviews. I forgot about all the family I have coming into town for my graduation. I forgot I was even graduating on Saturday.
I was just out in the woods, with wet shoes and a couple of super chill guys, living in the moment.
I honestly could have stayed out there forever.
The drive back into town slowly brought me back to reality, and as soon as I got back into my own car, my mind immediately filled with everything I need to do over the next couple of days.
I think I need to go on hikes more often.