This year I develop a new hobby, hiking. It has been a slow journey, however it has been fantastic! So, slow and fantastic go together, I think.
I have a friend that introduced me to this hill. It took 3 pics to show the size of the thing. She calls it the “Bun Burning Hill.” No explanation necessary after you see the pictures.
Last week I took another friend to the hill and she challenged me to go at it without stopping. A month ago, I used to take 3 breaks on the climb, then 2 and last week I was at 1. After the challenge last week, I made it to the top of the hill without taking a break! Yay me! I thought I was doing great!
I shared my victory with the friend that introduced me to the hill, she congratulated me and said that I needed to do it again! Today! So I went hiking with her, she does a light jog up the hill, I…walk slowly with my walking sticks. Well, ThomaLee (that’s her name) had funny ideas cooking up in her head.
We did it 3x without stopping. I told her I was done (I had arrived at the spot where the body says, “ok, this was fun, time to quit”). She said,”Really? I got a 5 in me” with a big smile on her face.
That made me stop and ask myself, “Are you REALLY done or is this just the spot where we stop because we are getting tired?” I amazed myself with the answer that it was the spot where we are getting tired.
So, telling myself in my thinking, all the way up and down, “I can and I am climbing this bum burning hill all the way to the top” we made it 5x without stopping!
I can, I am and I did it!
So, when you think it is rough, when you want to quit, ask yourself, “Do I want to quit because I gave my all and I have nothing left or is it because this is as far as I’ve ever been and I don’t know what is beyond this point?”
If the answer is the second one, go on, be strong, you got this!