Privilege is a loaded concept in today’s world, but for me it’s
a way to express gratitude. I’m
lucky in no small measure because my dad, who grew up with very little in a
large family. He took advantage of the GI bill and his personal resolve to sucessfully create
a better life for his three kids.
|Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, Arizona
These are the thoughts floating around in my head as I hike a trail for the first time in a familiar place, Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument in Southern Arizona. Hiking alone is conducive to wandering thoughts and is itself a privilege. Likewise, a bit of solitude and enjoying the smell and sound of the rain while cozy in my van.
I'm so fortunate that I can do what I love sometimes for money and
sometimes as a gift.
|East Verde River, Arizona
Hanging out with Marco and our dog is also a gift. A few weeks ago, he brought photos back from
a fishing trip on the East Verde River.
I convinced him that we should fit in time to go back for an overnighter
while the trees were still changing color.
After a dress-up brunch in Prescott, we headed up to the Mogollon Rim,
changed into hiking clothes, and explored the beautiful riparian area. I can’t believe I’ve never been there before!
|Historic Ranch, Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, Arizona
We talked about how privilege has allowed me to be a serial
monogamist with my interests. I look at this
restlessness as lifelong learning. Most recently I earned my Arizona motorcycle endorsement, but looking back there have been many, like
flying the drone, swing dance, rock climbing, acupuncture, Pilates, and (the
one that’s sticking best) photography.