Friday, April 10, 2015

Go find out

I have a lot of time to think while I'm out hiking alone, like I did this morning. Mostly, I talk to myself. (Not out loud. Then others would know I was nuts.)

I had read the trail descriptions in the visitor guide. They sounded good. But I spent 35 years in advertising, so I know things don't always live up to the hype. "Only one way to know," said the little voice. "Go find out." If nothing else, it was exercise.

The canyons twisted back and forth, so I couldn't see all that far ahead. Was there anything interesting around the next bend? Go find out.

What's up this side canyon? Go find out.

Is this uphill slog going to be worth it? Go find out.

Between the questions, I realized go find out had wider life applications. And I regretted having spent too much of my life waiting for answers and guarantees instead of just heading up the trail to find out. What if it's not worth it? What if I fail? What if I get hurt (physically or mentally)? Yeah, well, what if you don't even try?

This couple was in their late seventies. They were on a quest to find out.

On my way back down the trail, I met a woman coming the other way. She asked, "Is there anything up there worth seeing? A fabulous view or something?" It was like hearing my old whiny self.

I answered, "Well, there's a side canyon just up there with some colorful cliffs." I could tell she wouldn't have reacted well to, "Go find out."


  1. SO TRUE... if you don't try U will never find out; it's just is much easier to experience the predictable, the known, the unknown is scary & requires work, it requires energy.

  2. I listen to the wind come howl, telling me I have to hurry
    I listen to the robin's song saying not to worry

    So on and on I go, the seconds tick the time out
    There's so much left to know, and I'm on the road to findout