Decisions, decisions, decisions. College decision time is less than a month away and I can honestly say I feel my brain melting into a puddle of shear stress and disorder. Acceptances feel great while the rejections hurt a little more, but I guess you learn to take the wins with the losses. I look forward to attending Appalachian State in the spring of next year, and while I really like the idea of having a semester off, I also know myself and I know laziness will promptly follow. So now, in typical Mia fashion, I am taking the most unconventional route in managing my stress and inevitably making this final decision. The best way that I’ve seen to combat my stress is to really connect with nature and see all that it has to offer. So here I am back again with fun ways to cope with the pressing doom of decision making.
Hiking has proven itself to be one of my favorite activities on any day, in any sort of weather, and at any time. I feel as though even if it’s 11pm on a Tuesday, a part of me wants to take the time to get into nature. From Max Patch to Black Balsam, I love the idea of forcing myself to walk and see the world as it is. The other day, I went to Max Patch and watched as the snowy road unfolded in front of me. While it was super scary, the thrill of it is what really got me to love this drive and this hike. When we arrived, my group piled out of the car and out into the snowy ground. I quickly realized this spur of the moment act of procrastination wasn’t my best day to wear leggings and a sweatshirt.
This random truck was next to us and we heard someone shout “HEY” and we all turned around on a dime to see an older man sitting in the driver’s seat. He asked if we would ride down on a sled with his grandson. At first, I was hesitant. It kind of seemed like the beginning of a weird and dark horror movie and I was not feeling being the main actress ready to die. He explained he was in remission from Stage 3 colon cancer and wasn’t able to ride with him anymore or even able to live much longer. He was too weak to walk up the 2.5 mile trek of the mountain to the best sledding spot. So Chris and I happily agreed to take our new friend Logan up the bulk of the hill. I can honestly say I have never had more snow in my pants and or shoes in my entire life. But I was laughing so hard I didn’t mind. At the bottom, we shook hands with Logan’s granddad and proceeded to take a round two hike up to create the perfect day. At the top, we took tons of pictures and looking back, even though my feet have yet to thaw out, I think of how worth it that whole day was. Watching little 7 year old Logan giggling as two strangers flew down a mountain, will consistently be my motive to take a break. Sometimes good things come out of moments I expected to just be another one of my lazy excuses to avoid responsibility.
So here is my reminder that it is worth it to give yourself a break even when you feel like you don’t need it and that inevitably everything is closing in on you. From college decisions, to deciding what to wear for the day, high school is stressful. Take the needed breaks and enjoy the ride!