Last week, I had one of my worst nightmares come true.
I went hiking, and as I was getting out of the car, I had this feeling that something bad was going to happen. I ignored the feeling because I really wanted to hike. I needed to be out in nature, and I needed to exercise.
As I was hiking, I was being careful. I thought the feeling meant that maybe I was going to fall and hurt myself. So, I was being very careful where I stepped and was going slow.
Towards the end of my hike, I took the road down the mountain. There were more people on the road than the nature trail, so I figured I would be safer with more people around. That feeling that something bad was going to happen wasn’t going away, it was getting stronger.
I was about 5 minutes from the parking lot and being done with my hike, when one of my worst nightmares happened.
I looked down and about 5 feet from my feet, there was a small snake.
I almost broke my ankle trying to run away.
I don’t know how I didn’t see it before then and there were people that were in front of me that didn’t see it either.
I guess I looked so freaked out that a man asked what was wrong with me. I told him about the snake, and he said that they come out at this time of day to feed.
I have been hiking at this mountain for years, and never seen one before then.
To say I was scared was an understatement. I hate snakes.
He walked with me a little way, until I calmed down.
I just couldn’t believe that I was that close to a snake. Thankfully I didn’t get bitten.
I usually go hiking at that mountain twice a week. I was so scared to go back because of what happened, but I also wanted to hike.
I gave myself four days to process what happened.
Five days after the incident, I went back to the mountain and went hiking.
I didn’t have that feeling that something bad was going to happen. I was more vigilant about my surroundings. I even saw a deer this time. I was nervous but by the end of the hike, I was relaxed.
I never want a repeat of what happened that day. From now on when I hike, I’m going to be more vigilant.
If I ever have that feeling again, I will listen to it. I will go home and hike another day. Maybe use the elliptical machine that day.
I am glad that I didn’t let one of my worst nightmares, scare me away from hiking again. I love to go hiking.
At least I know that my intuition works, even if I didn’t listen to it.
Have you ever known something was going to happen and you didn’t listen to your intuition? Or maybe you did listen.