Hiking in the great outdoors has always inspired me to self reflect and change my attitude to a positive one. My walk on a trail in San Clemente, California was no different. San Clemente is such an amazingly beautiful place. You have hiking trails that oversee the mountains in your backyard, with the ocean only a few minutes away. It’s unbelievable.
I took advantage of this picture-perfect spot to relax and refocus my energy. I realized when I was there that I needed to change my way of thinking and start doing things for others. I should shed my ego and, at the risk of using a cliché phrase, live life to the fullest. I can’t get upset if there are no vegan options for me when dining out while there are starving kids in this world. I can’t get annoyed if someone doesn’t understand how unethical animals are treated when instead I could be informing them on the truth. It’s not about me and never should be.
As our nation witnessed this week with the tragedy at the Boston Marathon, this life is so precious. This devastating event reaffirmed for me that life shouldn’t be taken for granted. After looking at the horrific images from the marathon, I kept going back to these pictures of the yellow flowers and mountain ranges from my hike to find peace. Hiking this trail helped me realize I need to make a positive change in this life to undo some of the evil and help others find tranquility and happiness.
This post is in response to the Weekly Photo Challenge: Change.