We’ve told our kids many times that nothing worth achieving comes easily. Work hard at what you want, you will see results and feel good about yourself. I learned that from my parents, so did Martin and it has certainly proved to be true in our lives.
This hike is once again proving this adage to be true. Each day Boone and I are getting stronger physically. Going a bit farther – like today pushing through the 11 mile mark. We’re getting used to the need to push through the ache and muscle fatigue to get to the top of the rocks. The sense of pride is so worth it! Knowing as well that we are surrounded by people who have been in the same position in the beginning of their hike is so reassuring. They pushed through and are so willing to share information and support. Plus stories of thier treks, reasons for hiking and past lives. Damn interesting people!
The other day I said this was the hardest thing I have ever done however I’ve have had time to reflect. Lots of time. This is probably the hardest physical endeavor attempted but not mental or emotional. Last year I was there to help my mom die, we had to help our middle child become well 18 months ago and in 2006 I got clean and sober. These things were by far harder. Most especially finally managing after to get into both substance and mental health recovery.
In day to day life I don’t think of that much but out here I am very aware of the gift I was given. I’ve had almost 11 years of bonus time and so many people just haven’t gotten that.
We checked into a hotel to rest and as we got there we noticed ( it was super obvious! ) police cars and an ambulance. They were in the parking lot
because a very drunk woman had to be removed from a room unconscious. Not the first time. Eleven years ago that could have been me – that last weekend I used.
The timing of seeing that wasn’t an accident. My reason for this hike is to reconnect with my serenity, support Shatterproof, appreciate my recovery and achieve something that doesn’t come easily.