I’ve always had this ‘dream’/wish that I could’ve been an explorer. Go back to the time when there were no maps, expectations of the terrain ahead … be the first person to ever step foot on that soil. Every time we head up to the mountains and find an area that is “seemingly untouched”, I ask Matt, “Do you think some has walked here before? Or could I really be the first??!!”. We both know the obvious answer to that question, but I am always hopeful at the slightest chance(!).
“Generations come and generations go,
The sun rises and the sun sets,
and hurries back to where it rises.
The wind blows to the south
and turns to the north;
round and round it goes,
ever returning on its course.
yet the sea is never full.
To the place the streams come from,
there they return again.
All things are wearisome,
more than one can say.
The eye never has enough of seeing,
nor the ear its fill of hearing.
What has been will be again,
what has been done will be done again;
there is nothing new under the sun.
Is there anything of which one can say,
“Look! This is something new”?
It was here already, long ago;
it was here before our time.”
As we’ve all heard before, “nothing is new under the sun”. Even though there’s something so rapturing and exciting about discovering something no one has before, the ironic thing about an expedition like Lewis & Clark’s, is that they weren’t even the first to see what they saw … they were the first to document and uncover it.
I feel sometimes, even the landscapes and explorations in my own life have been pre-felt and pre-experienced – either by me, or just a mirror image of what someone else has gone through before. Though it’s true (to an extent), it’s usually in those blankets of time that I get overly discouraged and uninspired because I am not seeking to uncover and document the revelation(s) in my own journey. I shrink away from being thankful, I silence the beauties shown to me daily, I hide in my own sorrows, I quiet the confessions that need to be shared…
Though, essentially, there is nothing new under the sun, there are parts of me that need to be uncovered, exposed, and shared … otherwise, I will never live in the beautiful discovery of my own life’s exploration. And that, my friends, is not how I want to live life!
I want to be open, revealing, honest … uncovering the “new soils” in my life with joy, excitement, and purpose. Maybe others have lived through it and ‘been there, done that’, but this journey is mine to adventure and presently explore. There ARE new things under the sun … the aspects of me that aren’t uncovered!
Will you uncover yourself today?!
pic pix: on a k-country walk with my bro; Kananaskis, Alberta, Jan.22.2011