What If

This picture was taken today on my walk through the forest preserve that runs throughout my neighborhood. Most would not have slated a walk through the woods in the dead of winter on their calendar, but I have a knack for adventure, and possibly a screw loose, so getting outside sounded like a good idea.

The scene from the snapshot you are seeing here is several hundred yards past the entrance of the trail. You can still see houses in the distance, but feel like you are in a world of your own. Being here after a pretty decent snowfall gave me plenty of opportunities to take some great pictures, including this gem here. The sun poked its head out through the clouds from time to time on my trek, this instance being one of those times, and created magnificent beauty as it reflected off the ground and snow-covered trees.

Those who know me well know I despise winter as a whole, mainly because I feel like it drags out too long. What they don’t know is how much I love certain parts of it. I love the way the trees look when they get a dusting of fresh powder. I love when the wind dies down and the flakes fall ever so gently from the sky. I love the feeling I get when the crisp, cool, winter air enters my lungs after hours of being indoors, as I cough several times to acclimate myself to the new environment. See, I can be sentimental about something I dislike!

Photo Credit: Ryan Magnuson/Trail BlazerRy
Photo Credit: Ryan Magnuson/Trail BlazerRy

Going on this walk today allowed me to do a number of things, but mainly gave me some one on one time with The Big Man in His domain. In the past couple of weeks, He has given me the ability, mindset, and open heart to experience things I have never experienced before in my life time, things I never thought would happen to me in my wildest dreams. I am so very blessed by His timing and the patience He has given me throughout my journey in this rough, rough world. Because of all I have been given, I am able to be myself and still work towards what I believe to be my ultimate purpose; my calling, if you will.

Throughout my 24 years on this earth, I have asked myself the “what if” question several thousand times, as I’m sure we all have. What if I turned left on that road instead of right? What if I had taken that job midway through college and not finished school? What if I had told that person how I felt? Why did my plans not work out? We can question ourselves and our actions (or the actions we didn’t take) all day, but it would get us nowhere. Having regrets, while a natural part of who we are as humans, does not allow us to move in the direction we want to go.

Instead of living in the past and thinking about what you didn’t do, live in the present and look towards the future, focusing on everything you have in front of you. Chances are you will find everything you were looking for when you weren’t looking for it at all, even those things you never thought were possible.

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