We have all grown up in a society cushioned by the modern comforts that extend into all aspects of our lives; from climate control to information at the click of a button to the continuous mindless entertainment of electronic devices. Our phones buzz constantly, drawing our attention from our friends, co-workers and family and pulling us into an alternate reality. The answers to our questions are always there at our finger tips, squashing the desire and need to go and seek them out for our own.
We choose easy over difficult, and choose safe over adventure. We get caught up in our routines, our stressors, our favorite sitcoms and even our careers, and forget about the simple pleasures of life and the natural beauties of the world that we are surrounded by every day. Driving to work we grumble about burnt coffee or scraping ice off our cars, but forget to take joy in the rising sun signaling a new day beckoning us not to take the blessing lightly, but to enjoy the warm rays and let our minds wander back to simpler times of pure happiness.
Some are luckier than others, taking in the simpler things comes easy to them, but for most we often forget to stop and take a breath of fresh air and to just simply be.
On a crisp clear night, if you listen carefully to the breeze playing through the trees, you may hear a beckoning whisper calling you back to your childhood and to the time when the sparkle and crunch of newly fallen snow brought excitement instead of frustration and when rain showers were only an excuse to dance instead of an inconvenience.
For some the whisper is louder, calling them out of their warm and comfortable lives and into the highs and lows of valleys and mountains. To a place where they can play again, and let all senses experience the pure joy of losing one’s self in the dancing trees and the rocky summits.
We are called to be and do more than routines and schedules. We were made for play and for adventure, and it is only through play that we will find stillness in ourselves and true joy in our surroundings. So push your limits, become a child again, and play.
“Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity…..”
~ John Muir, Our National Parks, 1901