Is it just me or has anyone else been hit with a bit of May melancholy?
My motivations’s been up and down like a yo-yo lately, hence why I’ve been MIA here. Life, keeping up with everything and maintaining a balance between our real world and the online world is a work of art. Does anyone else resonate?
Life on the travel front’s been quiet, though I’ve spent the last few weekends in the beautiful Victorian High Country where my daughter lives. It’s given us a perfect opportunity to revisit this scenic area.
It’s also given me some great material and kept me busy writing articles for a number of travel mags, which I always enjoy. Still, with other issues crowding my thoughts I’ve been thinking how easily we can get stuck in a rut.
Thankfully I’m emerging from a bit of one now and I can see the other side.
Despite the ups and downs, it’s not always about the view. It’s how we navigate the ruts, climbs, descents and turns that determines whether the trip’s going to be smooth. Like a steep drive, it’s ok to go slow so long as we make decisions.
Be decisive. Right or wrong make a decision. The road of life is paved with flat squirrels who couldn’t make a decision.
So I got to thinking how to step out of our comfort zone, whether it’s in the High Country or anywhere.
Take to the skies
Now, I’m all for adventure but I don’t see the logic in jumping out of a perfectly good plane or jumping off a mountain top.
Still, some people get their thrills from the exhilarating rush of flying like a bird. Are you one of them? If you are this is the place to spread your wings. Strap yourself up (preferably with an expert) with tandem flights taking off from Bright most weekends.
All it takes is a phone call to Alpine Paragliding on 0428 352 048 or Active Flight on 0428 854 455.
“Faith is one foot on the ground, one foot in the air, and a queasy feeling in the stomach.” Mother Angelica
As for me, I’ll keep my feet on the ground for now, at least one of them. There are plenty of ways to stay grounded whilst still having fun.
Take to the tracks
There are loads of tracks and beautiful vistas in this part of the High Country. Many head off to lookout points like Clear Spot Lookout, Mystic Launch, Mount Porepunkah, Huggins Lookout and Tower Lookout. There are some gorgeous views around there!
Tower lookout was an easy one to get to, but once there the track continued with minimal signage. We had no idea where we were going but ascended the track anyway. It was steep and rocky but I wasn’t worried. Except for one teeny moment.
At that stage the nose of our car was pointing upwards and all I could see was sky. We had no idea what was on the other side. A drop into nothingness?
Of course we made it! There’s always something waiting.
Like life we climb and work and persevere and sometimes we have no clue what’s over the ridge or what we’re getting into. But we keep going. And, one way or another, we always make it.
“You’re off to Great Places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, so … get on your way!” Dr Seuss
Take to the River
Sometimes we have to make our own way in whatever way we can. And it’s not always by the traditional route.
Reminds me of our Ute ride a few weeks ago. It was a case of “jump on the back and hold on.” Just a short drive down to the river on the property where my daughter lives. So a few of us climbed on for a rollicking ride.
Whether it’s on the ground, in the air or just trying something different, maybe today’s the day to be a bit daring.
We don’t have to go to any major extremes but how good does it feel to stretch ourselves a bit! To feel slightly scared because we’re trying something we’ve never tried before.
Take a course, learn a language, do something that makes you feel alive, something you’ve always wanted to do.
“Do you want to be safe and good or do you want to take a chance and be great?”
Remember, if we don’t take any risks we might miss out on some of the best experiences of our life.
Life’s all about trusting our feelings and instincts, taking chances even when we don’t have the answers, accepting changes and seeking out the joy.
The melancholy is slowly returning to motivation.
Let’s do it!
In light and love
Taking risks and making choices is what makes life so exciting. You can’t fly until you let yourself fall.
Here’s to flying …
And if I fall hopefully it’ll be amongst the stars.