Picture: Temporary graffiti; self-portrait (kinda) after “leaving my mark” while snowshoeing with my family at Calaveras Big Trees State Park, California

photo: Temporary graffiti; self-portrait (kinda) after

“Any old fool can drop on their back in the snow and make a snow angel.” – Me.

My family and I were enjoying a snowshoeing adventure this last weekend. At one point on the trail I saw a pristine, virgin snow slope covering a fallen tree. I quietly excused myself from my wife and children, stepped off-trail, and threw myself face first into the snow, having previsualized this (above) picture. My kids immediately decided to do the same thing.

I got home that night and was reviewing the photos from the day. When I came across these two shots of my kids throwing or having thrown themselves into the snow, I was instantly hit with what a great life-lesson these images represent:

photo: snowshoeing with my family at Calaveras Big Trees State Park, California

photo: snowshoeing with my family at Calaveras Big Trees State Park, California

Don’t just flop on your back and stare out at life; throw yourself into it head first. Embrace the fact that it may be cold and sting. But even as that bit of discomfort rushes toward your face, you can still have fun while embracing the moment. Life is constantly shouting at you, “Feel this!” Take a moment and really feel all you can soak in. The alternative is to feel nothing, which really isn’t much of a path to enjoying “Life.”

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