Mom lives just a short distance from Eaton Canyon, which is one of my all-time favorite places.
The first morning I was there, I got up early and went for a walk in the canyon.
My phone buzzed as I picked my way down to the canyon floor. It was Ryan with a question about whether or not he should brave blizzard-like conditions in my car. I told him to stay home.Then I sent him a picture of what I was doing.
Ryan loves Eaton Canyon almost as much as I do. His reaction was immediate and emphatic.I told him that I was planning to walk to the waterfall, but given the amount of water in the canyon, I wasn't sure I would make it.
He encouraged me to try.
I wasn't convinced, but I really did want to see the waterfall, so I let Ryan's enthusiasm guide me. I walked under the bridge and up into the narrow part of the canyon.
This part of the trail criss-crosses the creek over and over again. It's not usually a problem since the creek is mostly dry. On this day, however, it made for a lot of precarious crossings on slippery rocks and wobbly logs.
Progress was slow, and I got discouraged. I told Ryan, and he said, "You've got it, Ma."
Somehow, those four little words made all the difference. I put one foot in front of the other and made my way up that canyon.
My feet did end up getting wet...
and, in the end, the destination wasn't quite as glorious as I'd hoped for.
Still, I was glad to be there. I took a selfie for Ryan - and myself - and spent some time enjoying my achievement before I headed back down the canyon.
There's a reason why NaMoPaiMo is a community event.
Painting a horse is hard and the pitfalls are many. It's easy to get discouraged, especially when you're working alone.
Fortunately, no one has to go it alone during February. Help is always just a couple mouse clicks away.
So is encouragement, support, enthusiasm, humor and empathy.
We are all in this together, and when someone tells you, "You can do this, " what they're really saying is "You're not alone," "I'm rooting for you" and "I care about you."
There are ten days left in NaMoPaiMo. This is crunch time. Some of us won't actually do it, but all of us can be there to support each other as we put one foot in front of the other and try our best to reach our goals.