Back Road Salvation
When you hear the world salvation 99.9% of the time your in some sort of church. For myself, this is also true. However, I find a different type of salvation more often than one would normally think is possible. A true personal cleansing, which if you ask Merriam or Webster, is the basic definition of the word. At any rate though, I find myself best down a familiar back road in my hometown. An East-Tennessean born and bread, I’ve always had a simpler view on things than most (hence the page title). Somehow and for some reason I can’t explain, nature (more specifically the Lake that surrounds my home town (Watts Bar Lake)) has always played a large roll in who I am as a person. So, naturally where I’ve always best dealt with myself and times, when they’ve gotten hard, is largely on the shores of Watts Bar. A small road, that runs down the very back of my hometown, leads to where I took the picture you see above. It’s at the end of a road of a small upstart neighborhood that basically almost runs into the lake. Not many people know of this place, but those who do hold it near and dear to their heart (so far as I can tell) just as I do. Before high school football games and after heartbreaks alike, I’ve always found my self sitting there and watching the gentle movements of the lake, the rain splash against the water, the evening sun caress the subtle hills on the banks, or getting the clearest view of the stars few have ever seen. Now granted, I know this isn’t one of the seven wonders of the world, but at the end of the day, it’s more than close enough for me. Something about sitting in the solitude of this outdoor sanctuary lets my mind and soul rest enough for me to concentrate on just who I really am and what I really want out of this crooked “back road” we all call life. I know that I’m not going to be the man to figure out all the mysteries of life, but i feel like the cool waters of Watts Bar may grant me enough peace of mind to figure out the mysteries of Garrison Nuckols. That itself, is good enough for me. I probably don’t really have the right words to describe the outlook I get on life from this, but strangely enough I think Forrest Gump might. He once famously said, ” I don’t know if we each have a destiny, or if we’re all just floating around accidental-like on a breeze, but I, I think maybe it’s both. Maybe both is happening at the same time.” For me, anything that gives me that sense of calmness, in a sense saves me.
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