Saturday, December 23, 2006

Choose Life

I looked over the entire city from up in the mountains. I picked up a rock and cast it from the ridge, watching it fall for what seemed like an eternity. Looking at these two contrasting images made me think-

Two completely different yet equally amazing aspects of the environment. On the one hand, you have the city- a jumble of technological and architectural feats truly showing the advancement of human beings on this earth. An example of man taking a clean slate, a desert, and turning it into a self sufficient society, utilizing every aspect of human nature, and inventiveness.

On the other hand, you have the mountains. These are truly the last untampered parts of the world. For all you know, your footprint could be the only thing disturbing this landscape for the past hundred years. The simplicity of life in the form of plants and animals growing wild in the forest. Yet, while simple, it shows a tremendous amount of courage and adaptation for these wild beings. In a way, it is just as amazing an accomplishment as the raising of a city, or better yet, an empire.

Two sides of the world, not even a mile apart. Both these environments, the city and the mountainous region, were given the same resources, yet one evolved into a jungle of greenery and nature, while the other grew into a jungle of metropolitan aspects, extremely populous not with greenery, but people and buildings.

So what is my point? I really don't have one. I just know that I would love to be Grizzly Adams for a day or even a week, maybe even a year. It's important to see where we come from, and the beauty of the mountains is truly a force to be reckoned with. Then again, the beauty of city life is equally amazing, and may tug at the same heartstrings of someone else.

While I settle with these thoughts, the snow begins falling. I glance into the sky, and in the midst of the cloudcover I see a shooting star streak across the night sky. I look down this twenty or thirty foot drop and realize that while I have a life in the city, there is also beauty in becoming one with nature, on your own, even if it is just for a little while.

This is the feeling that makes your heart skip a beat, it makes you realize that no matter how "piddling and insignificant" you may feel at some point, you can still make a difference to one person or a million people.

That's all I want when I die-I want to make at least one person feel alive, make them laugh, smile, and make a difference in their lives. I think it's important to make a difference in someone else's life, if not just for the fact that it makes your own spirit that much more healthy.

This is where I take the time to get up and start the trail down from the mountains. I realize that I have some responsibilities in my city life, and that I probably should get back.

But I'll be damned if I'm not gonna take my time coming down, and enjoy the scenery.

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