When the journey seems long and the road littered with obstacles, take a break and escape with me.
One perfect Spring day, fate led me and my family to an amazing place called Mckinney Falls State Park. A place where nature bestowed so much of its richness and beauty. A place where one can find an escape from all troubles of life. Though it only gave me a few hours of refuge and joy, it was more than enough to comfort my restless soul.
When worries cloud your mind and tires your heart, escape with me.
The falls, surrounded by beautiful old Cypress trees reminded me of a Japanese Zen garden. The cascading waters gracefully drops into a peaceful emerald pool. Nearby, there’s a man waiting for a fish to bite his bait. At another corner, another man looked as if he was day dreaming and being one with the moment. Oops! That was me staring at my water reflection.
When your world seems getting smaller and you need a room to breathe, escape with me.
The water though cold, felt so good. Refreshingly good!
When you want to reconnect with pieces of yourself and the many adventures you often dreamt but never ventured, escape with me.
Parents watched their kids closely as they play in the water. It was slippery and I had to hold my son’s hand really tight. After seeing a mom fell flat on her buttocks, there was no way I’m letting my boy glide into the algae covered rocks like he’s wearing ice skates.
When you wish to find the inner child in you and once again feel that unrestrained, pure happiness, escape with me.
I sat on the log as I took more pictures. Unknowingly, my wife took one of me. She said, “You looked like you’re totally being one with nature.” I smiled like a little kid and said, “I was.”
When you want to celebrate “You” and the people who brings sunshine to your day, escape with me.
One of the kid was pushing the floating log while the other excitedly rode on it. My son on the other hand decided to add more props to the magic by blowing bubbles into the air. A little boy next to him kept jumping to pop the bubbles. Laughter filled the air mixed with voices of anxious parents calling their kids to stop going into the deeper waters. My wife being one of them.
When you wish to see Nature and everything around you with fresh eyes, escape with me.
When you want to find love, rekindle love or celebrate the love of your life, escape with me.
When you decide to let go and run free or just slow down and enjoy what life has to offer, escape with me.
When you decide that it’s time to follow your own dreams and not the dreams others made for you, escape with me.
After an exhilarating, fun time at the falls, we flew a kite on a field of Bluebonnets. I can’t forget my son’s excited voice as his kite went way up high into the sky. He kept yelling, “Dad, dad, look at me. I did it!”
When you hope to make minutes of laughter into a lifetime of joyful memories, escape with me.
That day, it was not just my son’s kite that soar and flew above the ground. My heart flew as well as I captured each beautiful and unforgettable memory.
I wish there is an escape to everything. I wish there is an escape to every tragedy that befalls us everyday. Sadly, there are many events that there are none. These are situations beyond our control. Situations we need to face with courage, hope and faith.
As the horror and devastation of the Oklahoma Tornado unfolds, me and my wife felt a heaviness in our chest as we tried to hold back tears. So many have died, many of which are children trapped inside schools and buildings they thought would shield them from the deadly tornado.
I dedicate this post to the victims and their families in Moore Oklahoma and its surrounding neighborhood. To let them know that the world grieves and cries with them. That constantly, they will be in our thoughts and prayers. That as one, unified community we will support them in whatever way we can. That they have someone to walk with and hold on to as they face the aftermath of this unimaginable calamity. Perhaps we can not escape certain events but we do have a choice on how to pick up the pieces and start rebuilding our lives all over again.
Thank you for escaping with me today. Though it was short, I hope it inspired you to follow the things that makes you happy.
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