Never Too Late
Golden Gate National Recreation Area, California, USA
If you’ve ever driven, hiked, biked or wandered through the thousands of acres of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area in Southern Marin county that stretches from the Marin Headlands to Muir Beach, you know how fortunate we are to have this beautiful expanse of open space in the Bay Area. What you may not know is that this land nearly became a city, and construction had already started when some local activists succeeded in stopping the development. Along with the Nature Conservancy, they were able to purchase the property and turn it over to the National Park Service where it is now protected. (You can get the whole story in the very worthwhile documentary Rebels With a Cause at http://rebelsdocumentary.org
I’m reminded of this almost every time I go out to hike or photograph here, and also because as 2014 comes to a close their spirit and determination is very much on my mind. Despite the powerful interests they were up against and the major uphill battles they faced in preserving this land, they accomplished their goals and left a legacy that will be enjoyed for generations.
Looking back on the last year, there is so much to be thankful for and so much more to accomplish both personally and collectively. I hope that the New Year finds you healthy, energized and inspired to face the greatest of challenges and live joyfully. I leave you with the words of John Robbins in hopes that you accomplish all of your goals and dreams for 2015. See you next year!It is never too late to loveIt is never too late to make a differenceIt is never too late to choose healthIt is never too late to choose a positive attitudeIt is never too late to care about peopleIt is never too late to dream and dare to let those dreams materialize in your life, translate into actions, define the way you exist with other peopleIt is not too late to do the things that matter to your spirit and your heart and to all of our common collective longing to be part of something beautiful, healing, truthful and wise