On Sunday I woke up with renewed energy after my recovery day on Saturday and was dying to spend some quality time in the outdoors. It was a really beautiful and (hot)sunny day so I threw my hair in a braid and drove with my mom about 25 minutes out of town to a recreation area called Hoffman Hills. It has multiple hiking trails at different difficulty levels so you can decide the intensity and duration of your hike = hiking for everyone! The trails can all eventually lead you to the lookout tower which is a must because then you get to see Wisconsin in all of its green glory. Not to mention the bugs don't travel that high so you get to rest your swatting arm and relax while you enjoy the view. I'll definitely be making more trips to hike here over the next few months and I kind of can't wait for fall just to look down at all of the multicolored trees. Don't get me wrong, I am not a winter fan at all, but I think I could appreciate this view with a blanket of snow over everything too.
The changing seasons has me thinking about life and I think that is part of the beauty of it, things change. Over time, places will change. People will change. Circumstances in life can change at any time. Sometimes change can be exhilarating and motivating. It inspires us to daydream and think of new possibilities or see a situation in a different light. Though, it can be scary too, and sometimes our first reaction is to resist it. When this happens I think it is a form of self protection. When we are confronted with change that scares us, it is because we worry about how we will be negatively affected. Which in turn causes the resistance, and maybe keeps any change from happening.
Is this instinctual reaction actually protecting us from anything? I would argue that it isn't. By resisting changes for our own benefit we might be hindering ourselves from seeing the big picture. We might be keeping ourselves from seeing that our comfortable places make us stuck, unable to branch out and reach a higher potential. A changing friend may not be ruining our friendship but actually give us more of what we need right now. A circumstance may shift in order to show us something we were lacking in our lives.
Change happens so we can learn something new. It is there to help us grow and mature and accept the cards we are dealt. That doesn't make it easy, but it does make it necessary. I don't have a lifetime of experiences and wisdom, but I do know that sometimes life is hard. There is no way to make all changes easy to deal with all of the time. We can only try to recognize when a change scares us and search for the lesson we are meant to learn rather than try to resist what is supposed to happen. And just maybe if we practice that long enough, our instinct will switch from protect to embrace.