Stop and Smell the Roses

The world is moving so fast these days that the man who says it can’t be done is generally interrupted by someone doing it. – Harry Emerson Fosdick

Frequently, I feel like I don’t get to do the things I have always set out to do or travel to places I have only dreamed of visiting. However, two years ago I bought camping gear in attempts to be more “outdoorsy” mixed with romance for Valentine’s Day. It was quite the feat to buy unfamiliar camping equipment, as I had absolutely no idea how to set up a tent, or start a fire (correctly), nor a true skill on how to minimally pack for maximum enjoyment. Yet, after our romantic Valentines backyard camping experience a passion was ignited that has not stopped since. We got a State Park pass and hit the road with our pups realizing how many incredible camp sites are right around our house. You truly don’t have to go very far to have some peace and quiet with the beauty of leaving the world behind, even if for a moment. I can say camping has had its challenges, such as arriving at Mustang Island to set up a tent on the beach in pitch darkness with a 30+ mph gulf coast wind gust. Or, being awoken in the middle of the night at Caddo Lake only to hear a gunshot snap, then seconds later find a massive dead tree hit the ground feet from our plastic tent. I don’t share these stories to scar the joys of camping but instead to share how even with these challenges, the rewards of waking up in the morning to God’s most beautiful works with my wife and dogs has been just priceless.

So as I sit in my gravity chair with my cold beer, a great book, good music, my wife and our dogs next to me I realize this is the life. How will you venture out of your comfort zone and do what you say you’re going to do? Who will you enjoy it with and what tasty beverage will you celebrate with? Here’s to making your dreams reality!


Adrian Montanez
Store Manager
Twin Liquors Round Rock Marketplace

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