I think it’s so important to not become numb. Numb to the beauty of life. I’ve climbed mountains, paddled rivers, and seen so many beautiful places, that sometimes I forget to truly embrace the moment. I’m challenging you right now to stop reading. Turn off your music, tv or whatever else could be distracting you. Look up from your screen and take in your surroundings. What do you see? Breathe it in for at least 5 seconds, and you’ll be surprised at what you find.
Whenever I’m in an extraordinary place, I sometimes force myself to stop and look around. These moments couldn’t be more important to me. We can get so caught up in the fast paced era we live in that we sometimes forget why we are here. I realize in these moments that the worries or stresses I have… don’t really matter anymore. We only have one chance at this life and there’s no way I want to spend it not paying attention to how beautiful it truly is.