Of the many aspects I enjoy about hiking, I really appreciate the unwritten etiquettes most hikers follow. This comes in the simplest acts, like by moving to the right to let others pass or by saying hello, or even better- stopping for a small chat. Once on the trail it’s almost immediate that I feel this sense of mutual respect. No longer does economic status, race, religion, sexual orientation, political position, anything that sets us apart need to be in the forefront. If it’s only momentary, as fleeting as them passing by, our differences do not cross my mind. I am always just happy for that simple “hello”. Those on the trails in one way or another are striving to feel this connection to our natural environment. Our differences aside, we can all relate to that.
This is one of the many life lessons I hope being on the trails will teach my children. That our differences can shine on; yet we can all stop and get to know one another without judgement. .
In the 50 years since Martin Luther King, we still have so much work to do to get to true equality. But it can start even in the smallest forms. .
Thankful to have had time outside with my little dude today (and that we indeed only
encountered kindness). .
I hope your day was filled with love, as well on this important day. #happymlkday
Location: Rowlett Creek Preserve
Trail: loops 2,3,4,5 and 7
Highlights: following a creek and meandering through the woods.