Yesterday was a day that I will definitely remember for the rest of my life. It was a day of pushing boundaries and limits, testing myself and working through my struggles, and proving to myself that I could do it by conquering a major feat.
On Saturday, after an amazing walk through the forest, my husband and I decided to go hiking in the mountains the next day. We agreed to climb a peak that even my extremely fit friends claimed to be challenging.
We left home at the crack of dawn and arrived at the trail entrance early Sunday morning. The mountain weather was cool even though the sun was shining. My friends warned me that the trail consisted of steep inclines and steps and more steep inclines followed by even more steps. I kind of thought that they may have been exaggerating a little, but boy, was I in for a surprise!!
The trail started out with several huge inclines followed by slightly level ground. Then steps and more inclines, more steps, more steep inclines, you get the picture. I found the trail relatively easy at the beginning. I found that I wasn't out of breath and I kept at a steady pace without stopping for over 1.5 hours. That to me, was a major feat and a major testament of how much my overall fitness level has improved.
Then we can to an open area with benches and an awesome mountain view. We decided to stop for a break and enjoy the surrounding. It was so pretty. Picture perfect. All was going well!
We continued on and I was still finding it smooth sailing even though it was challenging. I was thriving about how well I was coping!! I was feeling like a new woman!! My mind and body were finally in-sync with the person I wanted to become! I was feeling like I had conquered the world.
Then we came to the last stop before the climb to the top. I could see the top. Only one more incline and set of steps and I would be at the peak. Nearly to the top (or what I thought was the top), my joy turned to frustration. Hidden behind what I thought was the peak were more steps and inclines. I struggled at this point. My legs were burning and my mind turned to thoughts like 'I can't go on,' 'I'm too tired,' and 'My heart is pounding too hard.'
But I got it together and turned the negatives into a positive by powering on up those final inclines without stopping until I reached the submit. I am not proud of the negative feelings but I am proud of the fact that I did make it to the top.
The view at the top was the most spectacular thing I had ever seen. We were blessed with a 360 degree mountain view. And coming down, we witness the most amazing sunset ever!
Life at that moment felt surreal!!