Everything you can imagine is real.
- Pablo Picasso
Fired up the "time machine" this morning, set the controls for about a 150 million years ago, fastened the seat belts, cranked up some Jimmy Buffet tunes, and held on tight for the white-knuckle ride through the time warp. We seemed to get there in hardly any time at all - Jimmy just barely got through the first verse of "Margaritaville"!
We exited our well-used PTTC (Personal Time Transition Craft), breathing in the ancient air, rich and moist with the pungent aroma of the forest floor and lush vegetation. Hmmm, was that movement in the underbrush? Have to be cautious...it's a locale known for Velociraptors. Did you know that velociraptor means "swift seizer". That means it can run waaay faster than we can and it has teeth that it's not afraid to use! And it has feathers?! Weird. Ah, we'll risk it. Throwing caution aside, with provisions in the day pack including some dates, some almonds, and water bottles filled with a mixture of water, lemon juice, agave syrup, and chia seeds (to sustain our middle-aged energy), we headed out for an adventure run - "The Barefoot Jurassic 10.24K".
We're never too old to exercise our imaginations and from what I understand, the very act of doing just that helps to keep our brains youthful and resilient. Using our imaginations is a form of play, a true source of wholeness and health - good stuff for we seriously minded adults!
Ten point two four excellent, fun-filled kilometres, "The Barefoot Jurassic'. Gotta go...the time machine (and dinner) await.
Image: Running in the Elder Cedar (S'ul-hween X'pey) Nature Reserve on Gabriola Island.