the path

This blog post is written by Carol, from our Kelowna store. She is a graduate of UBC Vancouver’s film production program. When she’s not educating at lululemon, Carol enjoys biking, yoga, running, photography, painting and writing. Her goals include completing the BMO ½ marathon this year, and getting one of her films on the big screen by 2015.

biking in the okanagan
Carol on her biking journey.

On the day I biked from Kelowna to Penticton along the Kettle Valley Railway, everything seemed in perfect harmony. My senses were acute, and each blade of grass and pebble shone with energy. Every twist and turn of the trail promised new scenery as I gazed out over my handlebars. I ducked, in and out of the hot sun into shadowy caves, sinking into sandy stretches and bumping over several rocky kilometers. It was rough and challenging. At times lonely, and slightly stressful since I wasn’t exactly sure where I was going – I only had rough maps I’d picked up at the tourist center the day before and helpful fingers pointing me this way and that. But overall, I felt at peace. And when I finally arrived, seven hours and many kilometers later, I was amazed at the fact that I’d done it! I felt free and alive, couched in a plume of energy from the trees and the moss and the wind and the dust that still clung to my moist skin. I had arrived, at last, and also realized that I had been at my destination the entire time.

biking through kettle valley railway
The view along the Kettle Valley Railway.

The trip taught me that only after we’ve felt life’s knocks, choked on its dust, and been exhausted by unforeseen twists of the path, that we can see that we are in fact both journeying and experiencing the destination simultaneously. We can search our whole lives for happiness, for purpose, for peace, and never find it. We set out a path for ourselves and forget to wander the trail, to act on impulse, and to listen to our instincts and let them guide us. We’re so afraid of not knowing the way, of trying to make things happen, that we forget that we know our path, we’ve always known, and life is happening right now.

What path are you on right now?

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I thought this was an amazing journey, the pics are gorgeous, and funny enough I just finished a small bike ride with my 3 year old son. Of course it wasnt so long and difficult but at times it was hard. I loved how she had voiced the idea of a journey and that we need to leave the beaten path every so often in our own journey through life to experience life! Great story and thanks for sharing

Comment by Leigh — April 20, 2010 @ 5:33 pm

I am speachless.. what a journey…I have a whole new respect for you and what you do my dear..your journey, your words, you are an inspiration. I thank you for sharing.

Comment by Mama Linda — April 24, 2010 @ 11:41 pm

Well said and beautifully presented!

Comment by Va — April 25, 2010 @ 10:04 am

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