When I stepped out of my truck in Eisenhower State Park, I really felt like I was stepping out of Texas. In all of my travels I always yearn to feel like I am adventuring out of my so called comfort zone, and here the towering trees and hills took me somewhere else.
It was a Monday evening so the park was relatively quiet with only a few families set up in tents and a few boats out on the water. I stopped for a bathroom break since it did take me about 1.5 hours to get to the park from home. The restrooms were not updated like some of the other state parks we have visited but they were clean and bug free and in all honesty that is all I want from a park restroom.
I knew that this was not a visit for a total exploration of the park as I was there for a Senior photo shoot, so I drove around slowly with my windows down waiting to see that perfect spot. I ended up parking in the beach parking area and setting off on foot. What I found did not disappoint. The beach was empty... completely calm. And I felt like I was back on the beaches of Washington for just a quick moment. The sun was starting to set and I just stood there. It is moments like this that sometimes you just have to stand still and breathe. Breathe the air, listen to the waves calmly flowing towards the shore, the leaves rustling on the aging trees... and just stand still.
Too many moments in our lives are surrounded by talking, commotion, technology, drama and so much stress. We medicate to stay sane, and medicate to function. But in all reality what we need to be doing is stepping away from all of that and just standing still by ourselves. Loving ourselves, pumping ourselves up, giving ourselves a high five for doing the absolute best we can and empowering ourselves!
Don't live to work. Don't work to just pay bills and die. Live to live. Because ya'll this place we have the pleasure of inhabiting is a pretty darn beautiful place!