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Greys, A Great Day, Travel Plans, Blog Rules

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Although I have, to a large degree, been able to stay in the moment and not get too far ahead enough to lose sight of the present, I'm sad to say that I have not had many "Let the ... Lead" moments. Being around people who know you, being in familiar environments and being too aware and accustomed to cultural norms makes it more difficult to just take off running down the street barefooted without people staring or thinking I am crazy. As a result, I have found some other outlets to keep in-tune with what I am feeling on the inside and keep my mind open to new things.

One great attitude that I picked up from my sister is saying 'yes' to just about everything. When I was abroad and someone asked me if I wanted to do something, I would try to think of a reason not to say yes and I never found one so I try to do the same here. Sometimes it leads to awkward interactions, strange environments or really awesome experiences! A couple of weeks ago, a cousin invited me to hike a 14er so I said yes without hesitation. Two weeks later, I woke up at 4am to drive (ride) an hour and 15 minutes into the Rocky Mountains to take on Gray's Peak. I was a bit more prepared than my last hike, but still walked into it without knowing, or caring, too much about what I was up against.

The major difference this time was that we were starting at sunrise, not ending so I would be able to see the trail ahead of me. Sounds like a good thing but eating and elephant is difficult, to most. The good thing about hiking at night, is that it is only physically possible to see a couple feet in front of you so you are less likely to get overwhelmed by the 8-mile hike up a volcano in front of you. Good thing for me is that my previous trip helped me prepare, unfortunately mother nature (altitude, grades, etc) and physical fitness can't be circumvented. In order for me to make it, I had to remember to just keep focused on the next step, then the next one, then take a break, then the next one, and repeat. I had a lot of time to think back to my trek to the highest point in Panama, the two cool dudes that I hiked with, the symbolism behind that ascent...and where that has taken me today: 14,270 feet above sea-level.


There is something peaceful about looking around and seeing mountain peaks at eye-level, being on top of the world. To me it is a reminder that there is so much more of the world for me to see...after the soreness in my muscles goes away. It was not until a couple hours later I realized that it was a year ago, to the day, that I had conquered Baru!! Ironic, symbolic, amazing, coincidence? You decide. A good friend told me that when things like that happen, it means that you are exactly in the right place in life. I tend to agree but I also think that whatever you believe is real.

That was a week ago. Today, I got to do something that I live for these days: to take a peek into someone else's passion. I spent most of my day at the local art museum. I hadn't been there in a couple years but immediately felt comfortable when I walked in, I'm not sure if it was the quietness, the inspiration in the air or the company. As I strolled through the exhibits, I felt like I had the place to myself. I walked through, focused only on what piece was in front of me oblivious to people and conversations around me, maintaining my personal space only in my mind where no one could come close to invading. Normally when I look at art, I try to see what they are trying to convey, or maybe what they were thinking when the painted this, or maybe even what other people may get from it.

My level of comfort took me back to going with what I felt like doing so I began to go to the paintings I was drawn to. I tried to focus on what feelings I was having when I looked at them. Sometimes it was warm, sometimes, it was calm, sometimes it was very empty. One thing I enjoyed the most was watching other people observe art. The ones I enjoyed the most were the people who obviously had a passion for art and would stare intently at a painting. A couple times I asked what they were looking at or what they saw but I found it most interesting and rewarding to just be around someone who was in a place they felt comfortable, safe and normal. The calmness and ease is a feeling hard to find with everything going around me all the time.

Moving on

So I just realized that this is still a travel blog and I still consider myself a traveler so I may as well share my travel plans. Looks like I will be sticking around Colorado for a couple more months....

  • I'm going to have to pick this up in the next post*

And that brings me to my rules for this blog. In order to keep myself on track and protect the innocent, here are the two rules (or guidelines since I reserve the right to add to the rules at any time) that I use:
1. Do not erase or edit.
Although I normally know the topics I will write about and obviously have some idea of what I am going to write ahead of time, when I start, I do not go back and erase any content or story I share. Once it is down, I leave it. I may rarely erase a sentence and change the structure but if I write something a little too personal or revealing, it stays. (you probably have noticed this as do I, haha)
2. Somethings are off limits
Although there is not much I haven't held back, I have chosen to omit some topics, people and events that are either too personal or involve other people's personal lives. This blog is about my travels, experiences and journey and definitely includes the people I meet and that are in my life but I will not write about anything that will put someone else in a bad position or air something that is meant to be private. (plus, I have to save some things for the book)

Until next time...close your eyes, take a deep breathe. This is the life you chose, love it!

Posted by DondeNathan 21:10 Archived in USA Tagged art travel on personal top yes comfort rules baru chance greys fate

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