who we choose to surround ourselves with, greatly influences our lives. parents push children to hang out in the right crowds. those in the religious community continually preach fellowship. in our professional lives, we seek mentors that show us how we can reach higher. in nearly ever facet of life, we are told to surround ourselves with positive people who encourage us to be better; yet for some reason, we rarely talk about surrounding our selves with an environment that encourages positivity. i would argue that is it more than the who in our surroundings that influences us, but also the what.
this past weekend my surroundings undoubtedly made me a better person as i adventured through Vashon Island with some of the best people i know – my parents and a dear friend who’s spirit is infectious.
i was fortunate to have been raised with an exceptional family, who taught me many lessons on positivity as a young child.
they taught me to appreciate nature and to love to be outside.
they taught me to look deeper into the forest where i can find the sweetest silence.
they taught me to see the beauty of a dusty trail and how to get energy from the leaves.
they taught me to take a closer look at life.
and most importantly, they taught me how to share that positivity i get out of nature, with others in my surroundings.
the who’s and what’s that we choose to surround ourselves with will absolutely shape our lives. and with that in mind, i will continue to choose nature.
i will continue to choose these people.
and i will continue to explore this world looking to discover and share insurmountable amounts of positivity.
life is too short. love passionately, and adventure often, my friends.