"One way to get a good sense of who you are is to step out and look around. In 2005 a friend and I traveled the US with the desire to hike as many national parks as possible in one month. Embarking on this trip with very little plans and no agenda, we had a list of parks we wished to see. Having learned anticipation puts a limit on how wonderful an experience can be, we had a participatory attitude. Relinquishing control allows things to unfold in unimaginable ways. The more control we gave up the more we were reinforced by continually receiving results that exceeded expectation. The natural beauty of this vast and transforming continent lays a backdrop of contemplation by which to consider these mysteries of the universe. It's impossible to return to your routine the same person who left it. Once you've experienced feeling part of the grand design you can't unfeel it. The task is to bring back and apply the wonderment and purpose to all aspects of your life. Experiences must not be abandoned like boot prints left on some remote trail."