As you read this, I’m on my way to Georgia to hike the Appalachian Trail.
Some people (namely my MOM) don’t understand why some of us feel compelled to “conquer” big challenges, like marathons, and triathlons, and the AT, but I think I’m in good company here. 🙂 Many of you have accomplished feats that, at first, seemed difficult at best, or maybe even downright ridiculous!
Why do we do this stuff?
Well, I have to be honest, I was asking myself that very question about a month ago, after I committed to hiking the AT one month, one section at a time, with a friend.
I mean, I pretty much have no idea what I am in store for, BUT…
well, I guess that is the answer! We climb mountains, run ridiculous distances, and do things we aren’t quite sure we can do so we can SEE IF WE CAN ACTUALLY HANG!
Many people would see this as torture, because after all, the prospect of failing, getting a DNF (did not finish), or crying hysterically like a baby (which is a real, but unlikely possibility here) in the middle of nowhere is very unnerving, but I (and maybe you too) kind of love it!
I have to believe that when we go out on a limb and challenge the crap out of our bodies and our minds, we become better for it, regardless of whether we achieve our goals or not.
This doesn’t need to be a physical feat. Achieving anything we aren’t sure we can do is a transformative experience. We just need to jump in and sometimes thinking about it just gets in the way.
Like writing a book and exposing our inner thoughts.
Like starting a business that uses unconventional sales model.
Like reaching out to friends and strangers to help them feel better.
I would love to hear your story! Please share something you have accomplished that totally changed the way you see yourself.