Gazing in the distance where the sky meets land or sea, the weight on our shoulders feels lighter. Problems don’t feel as big.
There’s a sense of possibility. Whoever we are, whatever is happening in our lives, we can see beyond our small selves.
Those coping with daunting developmental or physical challenges may find going to new places overwhelming.
Getting far enough from home to find a horizon to gaze at can feel impossible for caregivers, too.
Our autistic son used to find the slightest change from the familiar intolerable, to the point that we felt virtually housebound for years.
With extraordinary support new and old (In Memory and Thanks), gritty determination, and unconditional love, we even managed to get our son to do overnight cabin stays, immersed in a forest, facing the ocean, somewhere away from home.
He—and we—evolve into new selves even by the end of a brief hike. Being outdoors, stopping to take a deep breath, and seeing the bigger world around us not only calms us but opens our hearts.
Take a moment each day to look up at the sky, the trees, or shimmering water, even if it’s just dewdrops on a spider web.
Small moments offer broader horizons, too. Keep putting one foot forward!
This week’s Hike Notes are from the HikingAutism archives, Point Bonita Lighthouse in the Marin Headlands, a great place to catch a daylight or sunset horizon view.
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This week’s Hike Notes from the Archives:
(Original Hike Notes 13): Point Bonita Lighthouse
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