Hike It Alone
Updated: Jan 23, 2020
I'm not sure what it is about the mountains that keeps me coming back for more. Maybe it's the grueling trek up that makes me go back time and time again. I've never backed down from a challenge. Or maybe it's the satisfaction of reaching the top and taking in the awe of the world around me; and how something like a mountain can humble me and make me remember how small I am and how much bigger the world really is. But in all honesty my greatest hikes are taken alone. It becomes very personal to go it alone. No one around to tell me to keep going. No one around to distract my mind from wondering to places i'd rather not go. It's all up to me and me alone.
I push myself up the trail. Forcing myself to keep going no matter how tired i am. No matter how much my legs shake, i push myself to keep going. Never give up always keep going. I find myself saying a little mantra to myself without even realizing it. Just keep going, almost there, you can do it. I say those phrases over and over to myself until i reach the summit, out of breath, sweaty and a little tired, but mostly in awe. In awe of the beauty before me, grateful that i am here, small as i might be, to see such an amazing sight. And proud of myself for persevering when i could have given up. Kept going when it would be so easy to just turn around.
It's a personal battle of will. A battle that will continue and will continue to be won.
Always keep moving up and forward. Never give up.
The man who goes alone can start today; but he who travels with another must wait till that other is ready. -Henry David Thoreau