Last weekend I enjoyed my first hike since Lockdown. It was a cloudy day, but one that was filled with laughter, vineyards, fallen trees and peeing in the bush. It was an easy day, the path was already set out for us, it had been walked before by countless others, and there were even silver arrows on the floor pointing us towards our destination. It was a day where getting lost seemed impossible, where locals stopped us to assure us that we were on the right path.
Unfortunately, my walk through life has not been so straight forward. COVID has provided an opportunity for me to truly consider what I want out of my life, to ask myself the big questions. On paper this seems easy, its very easy to decide you want to do something else with your life, its very easy to decide that you want change, but it is very hard to make change happen. Its hard to stray from the path you’re already walking down, the familiar path, where arrows are pointing to a certain destination. The easy path that has been walked before, cleared of all the fallen trees and paved with opportunity. It feels like insanity to leave comfort and certainty in search the uncertain.
I think the best thing about my walks, whether through Surrey Hills or through life, is that I never walk them alone. Whether its family or friends or God, I know that whichever direction I turn, I’ll have a host of company turning with me, walking with me.
“The best way to predict the future is to create it” Abraham Lincoln