Sometimes you just have to go with your gut. Today was one of those times. I was out doing some Geocaching and after finding the first stage I looked at my options for approaching the final stage. I tried to make a beeline for it and saw that there were high weeds, trees and what looked like some poison. With less than 500 feet to go I went against my instincts and quickly found myself surrounded by poison plants. As if that wasn’t bad enough, just as I got out of the poison I found some mud. There wasn’t a way around it, so I figured, why not step through it, it can’t be that bad, right? Wrong. With one step I sank in. Up. To. My. Knees.
Luckily I didn’t lose a shoe, and I did find the Geocache, but had I trusted my instincts and taken the time to look at the area a bit better I would have seen a better route that didn’t include mud or poison plants. The lesson I learned today is one that I think everyone can apply to situations in their lives. If something doesn’t feel right, don’t assume it’s the only way. If you’re stubborn and force it, you’re bound to end up in a mess.