The reality is time doesn’t stand still. Can you believe it’s gonna be 2020 in the blink of an eye?
I’ve met many people who think big but just can’t seem to convert that energy into wonderful memories of adventure. If you fall into this category, what’s stopping you? How many fantastic opportunities have you missed out on? More importantly how many future ones have you lost because your friends have given up on you?
- One of the first people I mentored on PCT prep fell into this category. I worked with her on gear, training, realistic expectations, etc. but in the end it was enemies within that kept her from taking those first steps.
- I’ll never forget a gal I met on a meetup camping trip. She’d come with her ex-husband. She told us she’d been trying to attend events for several months. Fear had immobilized her. She’d get as far as the carpool or meeting location but couldn’t get out of her car. By recruiting her ex for that first encounter, she felt safe and as a result became an active member of the group.
I think of my friends who set goals, make plans and take actions. They are the ones who have chosen to live in the moment. They know tomorrow may not come. Our health is not guaranteed. The forest we dream about may disappear in a wildfire. Other trails may be lost to floods, avalanches or neglect. Today’s perfect weather, wildflower explosion, or snow conditions could just as easily be the opposite. Air quality has become an issue with what the all too frequent large and long-lasting wildfires. Is the risk of waiting worth it? What will you regret not doing?
- A friend works full time, he’s 60+ and yet makes adventure a priority. Sometimes that means getting up at 3:30am on his day off, driving 5 hours so he can spend the day snowshoeing up some mountain he’s been eyeing. He’s also been known to grab those enviable sunrise photos, and when I’m invited I say YES!
- Another friend who also works full time, uses much of her vacation time section hiking the PCT. It’s a huge investment in money and time. The logistics are overwhelming. She balances life with a husband, pets, and the desire to meet her goal of PCT completion. She prioritizes an active lifestyle by squeezing in mini trips locally to ensure fitness prior to her vacation adventures.
I can go on and on about both doers and stewers. I’m sure you have stories of your own. If you’re a stewer, what’s stopping you from becoming more of a doer?
- Chores or obligations?
- Fitness level?
These barriers can be overcome once you decide to prioritize yourself.
If you want to be a hiker, backpacker, snowshoer, rock climber, runner, whatever . . . just do it! Tiny steps lead to bigger ones. First steps don’t need to be epic. Just get out of your comfort zone and take that scary leap. Stop saying I wish I could but . . . Instead start saying YES I can and will.