In a burst of spontaneity Nicholson finds himself traveling to the woods for a weekend hike. Time has passed. He's older now, about 35. His life has had many turns; many ups and downs. He's using this time to disconnect from the world and find his rhythm again.
He finds himself on the trailhead full of energy and begins marching down the path. There's a cabin miles away that he's marching towards,
but he's also heading towards something greater. He starts thinking about his long lost dreams he had as a child and the joy they brought him. "How innocent" he thought "…that I thought I could obtain such things." Even the thought of his younger self brought a smile to his face.
He sees this same joy in his son, Jordan, who is now only 3. He's so full of wonder and delight. The world is pure and ripe with adventure for dear Jordan. His life is just beginning.
Nicholson reflects on the day Jordan was born and the foundational shift this young baby had on him. His reality was forever changed. Forever seen through the lens of the bliss of creating a new being. Jordan will always have Nicholson's attention and heart.
This is an interesting thought for Nicholson as he contemplates his relationship with his dad (as he often did). Instead of there being bitter resentment and hatred, Nicholson finally realizes what his father must have felt for him all those years ago. Surely his dad had the same unwavering love for Nicholson. Looking on past mistakes in new light, Nicholson continues his walk next to a river while thinking about how life changes come like the river bends; you can see them coming, but you can't ever imagine what's around the corner.

Nicholson thinks about his wife and the blissful life they’ve created together. She is the woman of his dreams and continues to surprise Nicholson every day. He then, for a moment, recollects his relationship with his mom. She was always his foundation,
especially after his dad died. Surely she was dealing with her own demons, but not once did Nicholson feel at odds with his mother. This moment brings much gratitude as Nicholson considers how his maternal influence has enabled him to prevail over the darkness of life.

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