We are all on a personal course with fate, each using unique pathways to get there. These are “roads less traveled” imbued with vigor and often unseen glory beckoning our journey to progress beyond the initial uncomfortable steps. These tenderly-paced first steps lead to many more painful, character-building steps that become the passageways and corridors of development.
These pathways, far removed from the stationary treadmill and uneventful, oval tracks, will challenge our footwork and sentient connections. This is where you go to center your mind in stride with a pace that is completely of your creation.
Go find your own “trace.” Use this as a canvas to create “accents,” like special effects, along the way to disrupt the linear and topographical monotony you encounter. Weave through the rows of trees, jump over the low hanging branch, climb a wall- why not? What else can you imagine and find?
Your trace is the place to Zen out, to get that high. So why do we default to straight-ahead directionality when we can literally forge new trails and pathways? Why limit the melody with such a pale drum beat? The variation of terrain and scenery forces the body’s mechanics to stay agile and awake. There’s a difference between being “in the zone” and “zoning out.” Once we become complacent we lose passion and purpose. The off-beat adventure of it, keeps you more spiritually in tune and naturally connected.
So start simple. Then build out and explore and experiment. And fall. And get up. And TRY! TRY! TRY! And have fun!
Here’s an attempt to capture one of my traces. It starts from my home, winds up and around Grady Gammage Auditorium (a famous Frank Lloyd Wright) near ASU, crosses a train bridge, jumps the fence into the local high school to run stadiums, on my way back along the rails and grassy alleyway. Enjoy!