Do you ever feel that life’s too serious and you need to lighten up? That there’s got to be more to our days than just the normal routine?
Sometimes the sounds of nature and a bit of a daring attitude are just the tonic to a crazy nonsensical world.
That’s how it was on Saturday when we stood underneath a thundering waterfall at Trentham, just 30 minutes from hub’s parents home, where we’d gone to stay the night.
The walking track was easy, only about 700 metres to the lookout where we joined a group of snap happy people. We should have stopped there, according to the fence and the sign.
But I was in an adventurous mood. And beyond the small newly erected iron fence and a No Access sign the path continued.
I looked at hubby and nudged him to follow me. I’m usually law-abiding but I could hear voices and laughter below and knew that we weren’t the first to ignore the sign.
Two young guys near us obviously had the same idea and seeing me hop the fence eyed me curiously. “We weren’t sure if we should go” one said to me, in a British accent.
“What the heck” I said swinging my legs over the fence.
Sometimes we just have to throw caution to the wind and take a risk. I was just saying to my blogger buddy Simon the other day that I needed to step out of my comfort zone more.
I’m not sure this is what he had in mind when he agreed with me but over the fence we scaled. And down we went, along a very sludgy path.
With the two British guys following closely behind.
I wasn’t wearing the most appropriate hiking footwear but still did a pretty good impersonation of my lithe Lamby clambering the steep embankment.
From then on the path was slippery but easy. And as we got closer to the falls the water grew louder. As did the laughter.
They were happy for me to take their photo and then offered to photograph us, encouraging us to be as silly as them. As if we needed encouraging!
It was soul invigorating as the spray from the water splashed us and overhead storm clouds raced by as quickly as the water rushed down.
And when we walked behind the waterfall the sight and sound took my breath away.
As I’ve got older I’m often playing it safe, rarely take risks and in the (not so distant) past I’ve knocked back opportunities that might have changed the course of life for me. No more.
I’m not saying we should be foolish and reckless, merely that sometimes we need to think beyond the well trodden path and take some chances. Let fear go and see what happens. If we do that it could lead us somewhere special.
In my case trekking to the bottom proved to be the highlight of my weekend.
May we all be brave enough to step out of our comfort zones and take some chances, not be afraid of what could be but embrace the spirit and adventure of life.
Let’s keep our eyes open to the endless possibilities and enjoy the detours in the journey, where ever it leads us.
Sharing for Jo’s Monday walk