“Don’t let your dreams be dreams.”
We were alone with the dark skies, our small campsite enclosed by rocky hills on three sides. Campsite fires are not allow in the back country parts of Joshua Tree National Park so our only source of light came from our phones, headlamps, and the stars above. It was a cold, moonless December night, but the temperature did not discourage us from watching the Geminid Meteor Shower.
It was my first time backcountry camping. It was my first time at Joshua Tree. It was the night I fell in love with the outdoors again.
I grew up with the outdoors. My father loves to go fishing so my family visited many parks and lakes when I was younger. I remember going on mini adventures and getting lost with nature. As I grew older and developed other interests, I stopped tagging along with my parents on their fishing trips and lost touch with the outdoors.
Now that I’m older and re-discovering how wonderful the outdoors can be, I realized that I’ve always love nature. I enjoy watching the sun rays peeking through clouds, listening to the sound of ocean waves crashing against the rocky shores, and admiring the night sky that gives us a glimpse of our vast universe.
So when my co-worker asked if I wanted to go backcountry camping at Joshua Tree to watch the Geminid Meteor Shower, I immediately said YES. Watching a Meteor Shower has always been a dream of mine. However, I was anxious. I’ve never gone backcountry camping before, let alone pee in the wild! How do you pee in the desert when there’s nothing but dirt, rocks, and shrubs?! I was so nervous I spent hours googling how to pee properly in the desert to the point of coming across many creative DIY portable potties. I thought about backing out many times but constantly reminded myself of how I dreamed of watching a meteor shower since childhood. So I sucked it up and went on the trip. It was one of the best decision of my life.
Seeing the first light streaked across the night sky was exhilarating. The fallen stars slowly appeared one after another. At one point, a fire ball blazed across the sky, leaving behind ouuuuuus and ahhhhhhs. Nothing could have moved me from my spot, not even the cold that started to sting my face. My eyes were glued to the phenomenon that was happening above me. I felt…so tiny in this world. The enormity of the universe never ceases to amaze me. But eventually the cold won and I went inside the tent to snuggle with my warm sleeping bag. Brrrrrrrrrrrr.
Since this trip I’ve continue to remind myself to take little leaps of faith and go on the adventures I was meant to experience because I’m not promise a tomorrow. Life is too short to go through the daily motions without taking the time to do something that truly brings you joy, even if it scares you. Taking little leaps of faith will bring more confidence and happiness to your life. Before you know it, opportunities will be knocking at your door.
“Sometimes life is about risking everything for a dream no one can see but you.”