Time. There never seems to be enough of it. It feels like we’re always rushing, in a hurry to get to where we need to be on time, or to finish this certain project within an allotted amount of time; we’re constantly trying to stay ahead of the clock. It can get to be overwhelming and stressful, to say the least.
This past weekend my parents, three younger brothers and I were feeling the weight of the rush and craze of everyday life, so we packed three days worth of food and supplies on our backs and hiked 9,000 feet up, into a place completely outside of time.
Looks a lot like paradise, doesn’t it? It was.
None of us had our phones, and while a couple of my brother’s had watches, we rarely ever checked the time. There was no need to, because we slept when it got dark, woke up when the sun came out, ate when we were hungry, and did everything else that needed to be done in between. It was so peaceful, so refreshing. I mean, we still worked hard; hiking 9,000 feet with a 50-100 lb. pack on your back is no walk in the park (literally!), but there was no stress, no pressure.
So this was our home, our life, for three days. We’d wake up, make breakfast, and then spend the day fishing, hiking, laughing at my brothers’ movie quotes, swimming in a cold lake, or just sitting and enjoying the beauty all around us.
To top it off, the Solar Eclipse decided to plan its arrival around our camping trip…or maybe it was the other way around. ;) I can’t even describe to you what it was like to experience the eclipse up in the mountains; it was surreal. Everything became perfectly quiet and still, like the whole mountain was holding its breath, and as the moon crossed over the sun, it felt like we were in a completely different reality.
I think it’s healthy for all of us to get away for a little bit, to step out of the fray and the constant frenzy. Whether you get away in the mountains, to the ocean, or maybe even just outside your back door for a few minutes of solitude, it doesn’t really matter. Just set your phone down, take off your watch, and step outside of time for a few minutes. It’s refreshing.