The Adventure of Getting Lost

Recently, I have been reacquainted with running trails: it is quite an adventure!

I haven’t been on a trail for years, opting instead for safer & easier road running.  But a few weeks ago, I found myself at the Dairy Farm Nature Park after dropping Younger Daughter off for her morning commitment.

The Park is well sign-posted.  Having said this, there were little paths which brought one off the main path, some of which I chose to take.  There were times when I wondered if I had accidentally wandered onto a bike trail (an etiquette no-no, according to Loving Husband), or whether I was going in the right direction to find my way back to the car.

Fallen Tree (Dairy Farm Nature Park)

At one point, a fallen tree blocked the path ahead: I had to decide, do I turn back and try another path, or do I climb over & through the tree & its branches?

My blood pressure went up, anxiety started to build up in my tummy, adrenaline going into over time.   I was then reminded why many people seek adventure, the unknown, and even take risks for the thrill of it.

Once upon a time, I would have likely labelled those sensations negative; but as I continued on my trail ramble, I ruminated on why I didn’t feel uncomfortable or stressed.  It could be perhaps because I was still on a trail; eventually, I would find myself somewhere civilised, even if it may not be necessarily where I need to be – this after all is till Singapore; we don’t actually have that much wilderness.  Or maybe, I simply had the time & space to get a little lost.

I have since explored more of the area.  Last week found me at Hinhede Nature Park.

getting lost
Kampong Trail, Hinhede Nature Park

While it is fun to have the thrill of not knowing exactly where I am, I learned that there are limits to my adventurousness: I stopped at a cross-road and decided to turn back because it seemed I was going deeper and deeper into the forest, and I had not encountered another person for almost half an hour.  I was getting a little freaked out and decided I would continue this adventure another day with Loving Husband.





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