I’ve been hiking, backpacking, and camping oh-so-frequently lately! In my previous post I featured the Hollywood sign from pretty far away. Last week I hiked from Burbank (the long way…) over a few peaks until I got to the back of the Hollywood sign. From any angle, even the back, this sign still makes me feel a sense of awe. So many people look up at this sign every day. To me it symbolizes not giving up on hopes and dreams even if they seem impossible. I never expected to be able to take that photo in my lifetime for many reasons. Ten years ago I didn’t think I’d be living here independently, and I certainly didn’t think I would be able to hike up 3 mountain peaks in one afternoon.
Hiking itself is an escape for me, but it also has done something important to my life… It allows me to appreciate the smallest things in modern day life that I usually take for granted. Like a couch. And toilets. And hamburgers. Going into the wilderness for a few days and coming back home, suddenly life is so good.
When things go wrong, it’s easy to look at what you don’t have. Right now I don’t have a good job or a car or (as of today) a phone. I told my boyfriend something that just kind of came out today; I was telling him about my old iPhone 4 dying this morning, but it was okay because I’m getting used to facing these types of challenges. He laughed at my enthusiasm, but it’s true! My car isn’t working, but now I bike more than ever and I love it. My job isn’t great, but I’m working to rectify that too. When I went to Seattle I learned a lot about myself and accepting my situations as they are, and I feel like it’s helped me even now.
I usually want to throw my hands up in the air when I face life challenges, but I can’t do that. Remember to focus on the positive, focus on what you do have, and when you forget those maybe it’s time for a trip into the woods to regain appreciation for how beautiful life is. You really, truly don’t have it as bad as you think.
In regards to One Parade, please continue to bare with me as I restructure my time management and resources to craft new posts. In the meantime, I hope more personal posts are alright!