It’s Always Darkest
Do you like to climb mountains?
I always think I do.
Until I get about halfway up. When the angle is 45 degrees, and I’m forced to use my hands to keep from sliding backward, I can’t keep my focus on the next few feet for freaking out about how far I have left to go.
And so it was yesterday. Me, in all kinds of good shape. I just walked across the better part of three states, remember? Of course, my Natchez Trace walk didn’t include a 1,500 foot elevation gain in about a mile. Straight up. Without switchbacks. Or enough water on a hot day.
Still, when I made it to the top, I sat on a rock. I let the sun burn my face, and I savored being there. My fresh heel blister and the filth and burning lungs were all worth it to get to where I wanted to be.
I need to remember that.
When I survey the landscape of the rest of my life.
A big fat Tumblr hiking post. Because I’m not the only one who should get to savor the view: Andra Watkins Tumblr
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