Ignore all the warning signs. Ignore the suggestions. Don’t read any signs. Go about your day oblivious to your surroundings only concerned with your own personal immediate happiness.
I’m starting to not care anymore. I’m starting to hope you suffer the consequences.
No, not a healthy mindset is it? But it’s true. For every eye roll I have received, for every “oh I know”, for every mock laugh I have heard when giving out honest words of encouragement and safety, I now hold a special place in my evil little heart.
I wear boots while working in a barn for a reason. We post signs about rattlesnakes for a reason. We suggest you stay on the trails for a reason. We tell you to drink water for a reason.
But you insist upon shuffling your way through the desert with tiny flip flops, open toed sandals, even high heels. You proudly tell me your plans to hike at one in the afternoon to a destination you haven’t even arrived at and it’s already 90 degrees. You carry a bottle of Diet Coke and tell me you know all about staying hydrated.
You have no idea there is not a gas station for miles if you continue on the road you are on or that reckless driving on that same road helped three cars go off the cliff last weekend. So yeah, go ahead and check Google maps on your phone.
Continue being dismissive to friendly locals who just might know a thing or two. The ones that suggested closer, shorter trails. Only partially listen to the those who have the desert ability to rescue you when you get lost.
Don’t take a second out of your oh so busy and important life to hear that if you take two more steps forward you will get impaled by the cactus you aren’t paying any attention to.
Don’t smile or be considerate as you travel. Don’t say thank you or please. Openly make fun of the things and people around you. Oh, and be sure to throw your plastic tooth pick right on the ground. No need to locate a trash can…
I love the desert I live in.
I will continue to protect it and offer words of wisdom from an honest and pure heart only looking to keep you safe.
…roll your eyes…you’re on your own…