My phone buzzed with a text message just as I was about to fall back asleep. It was nearly noon, but I had no intention of getting out of bed. Life asleep is preferable to the realities of life awake on most days.
"Wanna go for a hike at Red Rocks?" The text was from a new friend who goes by the name Pikazo. Pikazo seems to embody being alive. I think you'll get a glimpse of what I mean when you watch his latest video, Fire, which he shared with me just a few days prior.
"When did you have in mind?" I asked, knowing full well that I had NO desire to go for a hike at Red Rocks or anywhere else for that matter. I wanted to stay in bed, but I was reminded of a friend telling me that I need to become a Yes Man if I’m ever going to start living life again.
"Now” came the response.
"Yes, I should like to go.” I lied. I could feel my body flush with nerves. My heart was beating fast, and I was regretting my response. There was snow on the ground, it was cold outside, leaving the house and being a passenger in a car give me severe anxiety. There was no choice now though. I had to get up. I said yes so I had to get out of bed and face the world.
Shortly thereafter I found myself sitting in Pikazo's car. After a quick stop at Dunkin' Donuts for coffee, we were on our way to Red Rocks.
It turned out that the weather was actually quite mild and nice. There was snow and ice on the ground, but it was melting fast. After wandering around inside the amphitheater and visiting the visitor's center and hall of fame, we decided to go see some dinosaurs at Dinosaur Ridge.
I've been going to Red Rocks for almost a decade, and have always known of Dinosaur Ridge; it's entrance directly across the road from the entrance to Red Rocks, but I've never actually taken the time to check it out. It turns out to be a great place for a nice little walk of about 3/4 of a mile to see the fossilized bones and footprints.
It was worth getting out of bed. Even though my anxiety levels were high through the whole experience, I survived it. This was the first social excursion away from home in many months. I was starting to think that it would never be possible again, but this proved otherwise. Maybe with luck, I'll be able to break out of being a complete hermit after all.