On Monday, I dropped Yukon off in the middle of Shining Rock Wilderness for a 4-day solo backpacking trip on the Art Loeb Trail. This was his long-overdue “make time for yourself” adventure.
He hefted his 40 pound pack onto his back, embraced me, and kissed me goodbye. I stood and watched him walk into the woods until I couldn’t see the top of his orange pack anymore.
I wasn’t nervous about leaving him there, but knew I’d miss him a lot while he was gone.
As I pulled away, the grey skies let loose with thunder, lightening, and rain. When I turned off the Blue Ridge Parkway headed toward home, it started hailing.
Adventure – make time for yourself
One thing that makes Yukon come alive is being out in the wilderness. It feeds his Soul. It heals him. And each next adventure gives him something to look forward to.
I get equally excited about a kayaking trip, road trip, or hiking adventure. I’m less experienced backpacking, but have some big goals for the next couple years.
And though Yukon and I do a lot together (most things actually) we both agree with the “make time for yourself” philosophy in life.
Oftentimes, even if we’re together, we’ll hike our own hike (he’s a much faster hiker than I am, unless he’s got his camera for picture-taking).
Even in our “tiny house,” there’s still time and space for the “make time for yourself” philosophy to play out. You’ll often find me gardening while he’s in his shop. Or he’ll be sitting out on the patio while I’m at the kitchen table writing.
Yukon comes home today and I’ll be so excited to see him! Four days apart is plenty of “me time.”
Make time for YOUR self
Gentle reader, when was the last time you made time for yourself? If you were to plan something, what would you like to do?
My favorite things include reading a good book, taking a long bath, or visiting a new place and exploring it by boot, boat, or bike.
In our hectic world, I’d love to hear how you make time for yourself!