Autumn is here, yet colors seem to be a bit late this year. This is a picture from 5 years ago. That morning I had dropped of the car for service and decided to not wait at the dealer but go to the nearby Cape Fear Botanical Gardens. I remember it was my first time visiting and it was a sandy yet very sturdy trail. To me a new path, but with the very familiar and enjoyable sound of the fallen leaves at my feet and all these beautiful Fall colors around. Lots to see and explore on a new day ahead.

The path above was anything but sturdy last week. It is one of the floating boat docks on Lake Wheeler. Lake Wheeler is one of my favorite stops going to and from Raleigh. It’s usually not that crowded and it just seems peaceful. It has a short wooded trail along the lake, where I can walk the dog for a bit. And I’ve seen some great sunsets while there as well.

Somehow I like photographing paths. Their lines leading to somewhere unseen, yet inviting. Have to say over the last 1,5 years, with such a fast news cycle, I get easily distracted on some paths. It seems harder and harder to follow at times. Like you’re being pulled from side to side. It’s so tiring and actually energy consuming. Yet at times, I think, it’s also very important to see what new paths to walk or to pass on. It’s the priorities & decisions we set & make ourselves. Which monkeys do you let in to your circus? And which do you not make your own? Sounds so easy, but I know it isn’t.

Maybe I should just stay off the Lake Wheeler boat docks for a bit and find some steady and grounded paths. The not so wobbly I mean. Just to try and stay focused on the important things in life. As there are so many things that still make me smile every day. And it must be all part of the journey right? So many paths, lanes & roads to experience & explore. Some busy, some with strong curves and some a bit wobbly.

So to end this post a little note to my self, Look for the best grounded paths, with not too many distracting crossings to wander on in life so you can focus and enjoy the journey even more πŸ™‚

I’ve learned that fear limits you and your vision. It serves as blinders to what may be just a few steps down the road for you. The journey is valuable, but believing in your talents, your abilities, and your self-worth can empower you to walk down an even brighter path. Transforming fear into freedom – how great is that?

Soledad O’Brien

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