"Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all" - Helen Keller
Sweet calmness and serenity, that is what this trip today included of. That was of course, when I was not being a hooligan and jumping into the freezing cold water, with about 7 of my classmates.
Before going to Walden today, to be honest I was not really to excited about it, I thought we were kinda just walk around and talk and it be boring. The truly funny thing is, we did walk around, and talk, but it was a lot of fun. Whether it had been contests on who could throw and skip a rock the farthest, or balancing on the train track, and even just sitting down, and enjoying the pond, the day was a good day,
For me personally, today was all about taking risks, or doing something I did not think I would do. I have never been to much of a hiker, or even really a nature guy. I think it is cool to see every once in a while but I had never thought much of it. Because of that, going to Walden for 3 hours was a little worrisome for me, being able to keep my focus and not want to leave after about 30 minutes. But right when I got there it made sure I would but that aside, and start off the trip like new, and with an open mind, and that is what made me enjoy the day as much as I did. Another thing that really brought me out of my comfort zone was going into the water. It is not that I am self conscious of my body, and anything like that, I am completely comfortable with that, but it was more actually going into the water. I have never really liked the cold, and I knew this water was going to be very cold. Especially with no towel, or extra change of clothes, I was not to excited for after I went in either, but I realized that if I had not gone in, I would have regretted it. So without even thinking about it I sprinted into the water and dove under, receiving a nice cool chill go through my body, that was true coldness. But now that I am at home, under a nice warm blanket, with sweatpants on with some Ugg moccasins on, I am so glad that I did it.
What I took away from this trip was not exactly that the pond was so beautiful, because I already knew that. But it was that I am able and willing to do things and go out of my comfort zone, and that afterwards I will be very glad that I did it. So even if you did not jump in the water, or take a huge risk today, I want everyone to think about doing that, and when faced with a tough situation where they do not know what to do, take a risk, you will not regret it.