Take A Hike…

As time goes by and life moves along, most of us often unintentionally end up in place we did not expect, nor really ever wished to be.  Did you want to be overweight?  The more so unhappy and depressed for it?

I know I did not… And yet there I was.  So overweight that I had to roll out of bed in the morning.  Getting up was an effort.  Getting up one flight of stairs was hard work and left me breathless. Run?.. I literally could not run if my life depended on it.

In reality I am also not even that sure how it happened.  I was an active and somewhat sporty teenager.  During my early adulthood I did all kinds of fun things like scuba dive and whatever took my fancy.  Physical activity was not particularly difficult and mostly enjoyable.

As time went by it got harder and I did less of it.  I would look in the mirror (knowing how over weight I had become) and in total denial say to myself that I still looked good.  I did not.  Not even by my very low standard at the time.  I stopped physically being able to do the things that I used to love so much.  And when I realised that, it was already way past the point of no return.  At least so it felt.

The reality is that it is never to late.  Never.  Sometimes it just requires you to make a choice, and then actually follow through.  One choice.  And if you like hiking (or used to),  why not do what you need to, so you can do that again.

I did and it has paid of in ways that I could never have imagined.  Just in the past two months I was able to do 4 hikes, 8km, 10km, 13.5km and an 11km.  I live in a coastal city with lots of magnificent hiking trails.  I have so fallen in love with doing those that I try to get to one at least every 2-3 weeks in summer.  And the best part.  It is not even hard.  10km hike, no problem.  I can honestly say that I love it, love it, love it.  And the best part is that I am willing to do almost anything to keep that ability.  Anything, because it is just awesome.

The point.  Whatever is your hike, go take it.  If you can not, do what you have to, then go take it.  It is worth it….