I took a trip of a lifetime last summer! We went all over the southwest, including a stop in Palo Duro Canyon State Park in the Texas Panhandle. At 120 miles long and 20 miles wide, it’s the second largest canyon, after the Grand Canyon.
Each day, my girlfriend posted our adventures on Facebook. One of our friend’s responses really touched me and hit an old nerve. They said how much they enjoyed seeing our post, but that they would have had to stay in the car and watch. That made me feel sad.
As I started this journey (over 8 years ago now), I often thought about the Am I Hungry? tagline, “Eat Mindfully, Live Vibrantly!” We all have that little nagging voice inside telling us, “You can’t do that,” “You can’t walk that far,” and “You can’t climb that!” Anytime I heard that little voice, I would think about Michelle May’s voice instead, and immediately go do it anyway!
As I become more able to move around, I loved to walk my dog, Auggie. We’d take turns leading; sometimes we’d go where I wanted, but the most fun was following him wherever he wanted to go! Climbing over or under logs, splashing through creeks, climbing hills–wherever he went I had to follow! Somehow it gave me the courage to know I could go anywhere I wanted.
I heard that little voice again at Palo Duro. A hundred feet or so up a cliff face, there is a small cave that exits on top of the cliff. There isn’t a path to the top so you have to scramble over boulders all the way up. I had had both knees replaced the previous fall and I hadn’t really gotten back to trusting them yet. But I didn’t listen to that little nagging voice. Instead, we took our time and made it to the top. I felt like I was on top of the world!
Don’t sit in the car! Your life is not a spectator sport – get out and live it vibrantly!