Today I took the road less traveled as I often do.
It’s interesting when people that do not have interesting lives tell you what to do, it makes me chuckle a bit. People think being alone is very dangerous, but I think otherwise. I’m never alone, God is always with me. I’m always being directed left or right, back or forward. Can human beings direct me? Not often, unless they’ve walked the same road I’m trying to walk on.
I woke up around 8:30am and decided to try a hike I’ve never done before. It’s supposed to be 10 miles roundtrip. When I got to the bottom of the hill, I noticed there was an interesting path, very rocky all the way up. It wasn’t a paved road. Instinctively, I started walking up.
Then the road started getting real tiring and it was REALLY cold. However, I was only wearing shorts and a sleeveless drake shirt. Midway up, I thought about going back.
Isn’t that us in life?
We often want to give up midway to the top. It’s easy to give up and go to starbucks to enjoy our safe cup of coffee, to veg out at home and never see a stranger again, it’s easy to live our routine lives and take the easy path. It’s easy, but our souls tend to die a little more each day because human beings are meant to be challenged, to be excited, to be passionate about life….there’s a little adventurer that longs to see a greater life.
Do you know what spurred me on?
A set of footsteps, actually the same footsteps all the way up that led me. I knew it was just one person who had gone up this path maybe earlier in the morning or the day before…or who knows when, but it gave me courage to keep going.
Another analogy- when we know that ONE person, even one, have gone before US, we have courage to keep going.
Whose footsteps are you following?
Ones that inspire you or ones that are simply traditional? Nothing wrong with traditional and the worn path, but are they living the life you desire?
So I started to sing and talk to myself, I kept hearing “there’s gold on top of the mountain”. There’s gold indeed. I walked by some graffitied metals, up I walked. I even peed once since no one was on the trail.
The great thing about being a rarity is that you can do whatever you want and no one will be there to judge.
I got to the top area, and was praying for a paved road…finally there was. I thought to myself, “should i keep going or go back because going back is familiar but I have no idea where I’ll be walking now if I keep going forward”.
I heard “keep going forward”.
Now, I started walking down the grey path, some kind of paved road that no one drove on. It was a secret road.
As I started walking down, I looked at the daunting mountains.
OMG am I going to make it back alive. Where am I? My phone had no reception and just from looking down at the city, I was FAR FAR FAR away from the starting point. I just kept hearing “trust me”. Spirit was leading me. The mountains that once inspired me now seemed scary.
I suddenly see this biker and my heart leaped. I hurried and asked him how far I was from the bottom. He said “shouldn’t be that far, it took me 20 minutes to bike up”. Happily, I walked down, but it was WAY more than 20 minutes plus from where he parked, there was still 3-4 miles down the hill. I walked by a chinese couple, I asked them again and this time I told them where I started from, they looked at me with awe. OMG they said. You started THERE!
“I got lost but now I’ve found”- with my totally frozen hands.
My hands were completely frozen, it hurt to bend them. Finally I saw a white car and a gangster looking guy. He was on the phone with a redbull in his hands. I asked him how far it would take to get down…and by any chance, if he was driving down, could I get a lift? He said he would if he was going down soon.
I kept walking.
And like an angelic sound, the humming of his beaten up car came down like a breeze on a hot night.
The most unlikely ride. I ran and hopped in. And if you were wondering, geez so dangerous. I have hitchhiked with people all over the world and because I can sense peoples’ energy, I am able to do so. I said “you know, sometimes I always wonder whether there are actually kind people in the world when I’m in situations like this”. He said “me too, one time my car broke down on the freeway and I kept waving….no one stopped to help me”.
I felt sad because I knew that people refused to stop because they were busy, or thought their lives to be busy….probably also because he looked like a gangster. It’s funny how the most unlikely people are actually the ones that help you and the ones that sometimes have everything have no compassion for you.
And as I hopped off the car, I offered a blessing for him. Because with my hands frozen, my heart had melted a little this day. What if we were all kind to one another, what would the world look like? What if we didn’t judge by skin color or class?
It saddened me to think about it, but it also gave me fresh perspective. Thank God to the many angels that gave me direction today…and so it is with our lives, we can either be safe in our little cave and judgements of others or trust that the universe is full of kind souls, ready to give love and be loved by you….and thus, take the necessary risks to fulfill your dreams.