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Yesterday while walking down these beautiful paths lined with old growth pine trees at Fort Worden State Park, an animal stepped out from the grass in front of me — maybe two school bus lengths away.

My brain LOVES random animal encounters so it was excited. 

Fox? Dog? Big dog? Coyote!

Coyote. 

Usually when I see animals, they scamper away quickly, but this one stood there staring at me while I stared at it. 

It treaded back into the grass and continue to stare me dead in the eyes. 

When it didn’t run away, it occurred to me that I had to figure out what to do.

I watched it dumbly for another minute before turning and slowly walking away. (Which I know now is exactly the opposite of what you should do). 

This tells me one thing: my primitive brain has been overworking on dealing with all of my perceived emotional dangers and is distracted. It literally has one job – to protect me from physical danger – and it was like OMG COOL! Let’s go hug it. 

Sounds like I might need to have a chat with my brain about priorities. 😂

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