Not only am I a hiker but I am a runner too. I have ran one full marathon and about a half dozen half marathons and still counting. Recently I discovered that I was having trouble with my Achilles Tendon which prompted me to see a Physical Therapist that specializes in working with runners. If you ever been to South Shore, Lake Tahoe you know it’s an enchanting place to visit. This is where I go to see this running specialist. I have no problem making the 1 hour and 45 minute drive to see her. The last time I was up there which was about a week ago, I decided to stop at the Spooner Lake trail on my way back to work which I was in no hurry to get back too. I think this is sometimes the problem with our society… we rush to work then home then back to work then home. We rarely stop in our tracks to “take in” what lies between our path from work and home.
This trail is off highway 50. right before you get to the Spooner turn off there is a parking spot of to the right. It is only about a 2.1 mile loop but it is beautiful and well worth the stop. Since I have been having trouble with my Achilles hiking has been the only thing I can do that doesn’t aggravate it. So, out of my car I got and onto the trail. This was my first time on this trail which is so ironic because I grew up in this area and you would think I would have tackled these trails years ago. Nonetheless, I was working my way around this loop, and it got me thinking. Sometimes we walk through our lives in circles sometimes we are even running through life not even realizing that we are moving in circles and we never end up where we think we should be. This is something I have been faced with many times in my life. Stuck in a circle, always doing what I think I should be doing for other people and what they expect from me. My growth is then inhibited. I find myself frustrated and confused, almost dizzy from the repetitive motion. Though this loop was beautiful and I didn’t mind staying on the loop, I found myself wondering where all the little side trail went. I was scared to take them because I didn’t want to get lost; I was by myself with limited time to spare for exploration. But I couldn’t help this nagging feeling inside me, where does that trail lead? And of course, this struck me as another parallel to life. We limit ourselves so much in life, that we don’t ever explore our true potential. I know I wouldn’t have gotten lost if I took that trail, but I limited myself to time and fear. This is what I am faced with in my life right now as we speak. I have a job offer that I am about to take. I am afraid of where this path might lead, but I know that I can’t continue in this loop I am in. The current job I have is a good job; it’s actually the family business. It’s just not giving me the growth I need. So I am going to travel that uncertain trail, and explore another way of life.
I challenge you to get out of your loop, what ever it is. Maybe it’s a job, maybe a relationship what ever it may be take a look at the side trails and explore the option of seeing something new, trying a new route that may lead you down a path of growth and happiness. Even if you decided you have to get back on that original trail, at least you will come back with insight and experience under your feet.