When we form our leisure habits, we do so from our positive experiences within that pastime. Sometimes obstacles get in the way of our outdoor experiences which may prevent us from fully participating.
In the above photo, you can see the way to this beach is not only Narrow but precarious. These obstacles do NOT deter these windsurfers from having their day in the wind and water. Isn’t this nice of my hubby to carry my windsurf board back to the truck after a long day in the water?
Some of the obstacles we might face in our leisure pastimes are related to time and location. Other obstacles might be our perceptions of leisure and whether we have worked hard enough to earn the time. Still others experience fear when trying something new and that path to experiential learning becomes too narrow.
I like to think that these women climbers in this photo, not only earned their leisure time, but conquered their fears as they climbed this narrow way up the face of Lembert Dome in the Yosemite high country.
Why do we choose a narrow path to our leisure?
Abraham Maslow places the concept of “self-actualization” at the top of the “hierarchy of needs.”
Hungarian Psychologist, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, popularized the concept of “flow,” a highly focused mental state that can occur both in leisure and work. Flow is the sense of effortless action people feel in moments that stand out as the best in their lives.
Achieving flow is often referred to as being “in the zone.”
Subconsciously, we want to achieve “flow” or self-actualization when participating in any form of leisure activity, whether it is something relaxing like reading, or whether it is participating in an active sport or game
The physical and mental challenges afforded by both windsurfing and climbing, depicted in these photos, paves that narrow path with gold, so that flow can be achieved.
When crafting this post, I came upon this quote from Matthew 7:14:
Narrow is the road that leads to life and only a few find it.
When I read this, I understand how true this is. If we equate leisure with life, we let too many obstacles get in the way of living our lives to the fullest. The path to happiness and fulfillment may indeed be narrow, but it is one worth taking.
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What obstacles prevent you from experiencing your well-earned leisure time?
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