The need to escape everyday life and explore lush bush land is what lured me over the weekend.
I’ve been working so hard on getting everything off the ground in a way I’ve lost touch with why I’m passionate about what I do.
Sometimes its nice to escape reality and explore a new possibility, especially since what I’m working on isn’t tangible, I can’t touch, smell or even see the promising results.
All I have is a vision about the future and I know somehow I’ll make it a reality.
Through attending many networking events, I heard about the Kokoda Track Memorial Walk in the Dandenong Ranges and how inspiring it can be to say I’ve climbed 1000 steps.
So I decided to put on my sneakers and explore this terrain as many have trodden before me.
Its funny I rocked up solo and found a companion at the train station, it must have been obvious I was a tourist with a huge map and a confused expression on my face!
I stumbled across Greg Dinneen who is a local resident, he reminded me of Merlin the Wizard with so much knowledge of plants, wildlife and living off the land.
From looking at Greg I would say he was in his late 60s but physically he could pass as a fit 40- year -old.
Everyday he walks two hours in the Dandenong Ranges and while the 1000 steps made me huff and puff, he did it with ease like it was a calm walk on Frankston beach!
I asked him why he walks for two hours every day and he replied it makes him feel good and he enjoys chatting with people he ordinarily would not meet.
He stared talking about people in nursing homes and how physically some have the potential to get out of their wheel chairs but don’t because there muscles have weakened from lack of use.
It’s a shame these seniors don’t have what Greg has in his back yard as motivation to get outside, just breathing fresh air in a way is like a elixir of youth.
Every so often we would stop to take photos and it was amazing what I saw as just another plant, Greg saw as a source of food.
I had become so accustomed to buying fruit and vegetables from supermarkets, I didn’t realise I was surrounded by raw organic food; nourishment health stores charge mega bucks for was free for the taking!
Looking around at people focused on just the stairs made me sad in a way, they were so interested in fulfilling their fitness goals they did not take time to realise the beauty surrounding them.
Sometimes we need to look around and realise we are part of a bigger picture in life; we just have to see what is in front of our eyes.