Yesterday I went on a 8.5 mile hike up Church Mountain in Glacier, WA. It felt like a huge climb and my legs were burning, but it was so worth it to see the view from the top.
For the first time in a long time, I feel certain that I’m exactly where I should be. I’m not antsy to be moving somewhere new, or making huge changes. I’m just content doing what I’m doing, and it feels really good.
For a long while, I was in a state of transition. Having so many good feelings about how I spent the last year has given me the strength to draw upon to feel like I’m standing on solid ground again. It’s crazy how much difference a year can make. Not only that, it’s crazy what a difference two months can make!
I have so much coming up in the next month to look forward to. I almost feel guilty about it. I’m going to Palm Springs, Silverwood amusement park in Idaho, a surprise birthday trip for a special someone, and then it’s the Fourth of July, which is always pretty amazing around here. I’m really grateful just to be able to do all of these things, and to have a job that has a vacation policy!
I was looking back through some of my posts from the last year and a half or so, and found some old favorites to re-read. It’s nice to be able to read what I was thinking, and see how I’ve changed even in this little bit of time. In my first post I called my little home town all sorts of names, and wanted to leave so badly. I hated it here! But that was because I felt overwhelmed by my past and needed some space to start over for a while. Even when I first moved back in December I wrote about how I didn’t think I’d be able to stay, but here I am, feeling like I could stay forever. I guess we will just have to see.
Here are a few of my favorite posts from last year:
Avoid loud and aggressive persons,
they are vexations to the spirit.
If you compare yourself with others,
you may become vain and bitter;
for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.
Keep interested in your own career, however humble;
it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs;
for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;
many persons strive for high ideals;
and everywhere life is full of heroism.
Especially, do not feign affection.
Neither be cynical about love;
for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment
it is as perennial as the grass.
Take kindly the counsel of the years,
gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.
But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.
Beyond a wholesome discipline,
be gentle with yourself.
You are a child of the universe,
no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.
Therefore be at peace with God,
whatever you conceive Him to be,
and whatever your labors and aspirations,
in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.
With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.
Strive to be happy.
Max Ehrmann, Desiderata, Copyright 1952.
If you have been reading my blog for a while, you are probably familiar with some of my first date stories from when I lived in Washington, DC. Moonlit walks around monuments, soccer games, exuberant 10 am brunches, art museums, and the Cherry Blossom festival are all examples of dates that come to mind. One nice thing about living in a city was that there was always some new trendy restaurant to try, or some landmark yet to be explored, which made for a lot of fresh options. Since being back home, I’ve felt like it is much harder to come up with creative ideas for things to go do, and it got me thinking. There must be a ton of things to do here that you couldn’t necessarily do, or at least couldn’t do as well, in DC. Here are some date ideas for those of us who don’t live near any large Metropolis areas, and are not ready to succumb to the basic dinner and a movie routine:
When you think about it, there really are a lot of fun date ideas that you can take advantage of in small towns. I could go on and on, but I think these are my favorite ideas. Have fun!
Also, what do you think about online dating? I’m pretty iffy about that in a small town so far haha, but I’d be interested to hear if anyone else has experiences with it.