Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Finding My Footing

You know how there are times in life when you look around and wonder what you were thinking when you decided to do this thing, or that thing, or pursue this XYZ life path? Yeah. I’ve had a few of those lately. The kind where I look around going, really? I chose this? Why again?

But honestly, I know. I always know. Just. Sometimes, I lose my grip and have to find my footings again, that’s all.

The other day, my husband and I were hiking in Arches National Park, near Moab, UT. We’re not into doing stupid things that would risk both of our lives (cuz, we still have kids to raise) but we do like adventure, and we’re both pretty brave when it comes to trying new things. Not that hiking is new to us. But some places are scarier than others—as in steep. I’m not afraid of heights, and neither is he. But try scaling a cliff with a 200 foot drop, and it can be a little nerve wracking to the bravest of people.

As you may (or may not) know, the sights and natural wonders which are generally most desirable, most amazing, most breathtaking, are also the most difficult to get to. And sometimes a little on the dangerous side. (Especially when you climb them in canvas Rocket Dog shoes with smooth tread.)

But as we only had one day to hike, I knew I only had one chance to see the best sights. And I was determined to do it. This is what I climbed.

 Here is one of the drop-offs.

My reward.

What I learned: Determination is enough as long as you are careful to find the right footing. And even if it’s hard, the determined always make it to the top.


Julie said...

Fantastic post. I think a lot of us are struggling to find our footing right now. The first flush of writing passion is behind us and now we settle in for the marriage with all its ups and downs and hard work. And no matter how difficult things are, we can look over at our partner/project/computer and know that we still love them no matter what.

Your pics made me miss the southwest even more than I already do! :)

LM Preston said...

Finding the right footing is key - however the slipping, falling, scraps and tumbles along the way make us stronger.

Nisa said...

Nice analogy and you made me so homesick for UT! :P

I loved the pictures. Truly, the hardest things are always the most worth it!

Nichole Giles said...

Yep, Julie, you're right. This is definitely the hard part of being a writer. Great analogy.

LM, I totally agree. Bruises, scrapes, and bumps are all an important part of the process.

Nisa, well come back and visit then! And let me know when you get here--we'll have dinner.