It’s not easy to force yourself to get out of bed at the break of dawn after having stayed out late the night before, with only a few hours of sleep, in order to go on a mountain trek under cloudy skies and light drizzle.
But it’s worth it.
You’ll only find it out if you convince yourself to go.
Whatever we do is a battle within ourselves, to persuade our own mind against our own thoughts. So, we’re tired; what if we talk ourselves out of it? Negotiate. We’ll do this or that and then reward ourselves with hours of sleep, food or relaxation.
We only regret the things we don’t do. And it’s a shame to waste away our days being lazy or making up excuses for not living up to our full potential. Our future self will be grateful we once pushed ourselves to the limit. Some experiences are simply worth the choices we make. We just have to dare things more.
It was a beautiful sunny day. A refreshing break from the winter mornings that had preceded it. It was as if nature had awakened in full glory with all its senses. It was a great day for a mountain trek.
They were alone, but that didn’t matter at all apart from a few safety risks.
As the best way to discover new places – and a new part of yourself – is to go on paths you’ve never gone before, they decided to take a turn they’d never seen. They were bound to discover something new; an unforgettable trekking experience.
The path was at times narrow and covered with bushes, at others steep and rocky, uphill and slippery, or straight and smooth. Like life itself, it was not a straight line ahead nor was it easy.
But the best views are indeed found at the top, and despite the difficult trajectory and the tiredness that ensued, they were compensated by the most beautiful panoramic views of a city that had much to offer if only you allowed it to.
We’ll only move forward in every way if we finally take that first step. And just keep going. It will all be worth it. Eventually.
It was a scorching hot summer day, but Jake was of the
perception that you should grasp every opportunity offered to you to enjoy life
to the fullest. The renowned waterfalls were very close to his holiday stay so
he decided to go on the expedition early in the morning.
His car wouldn’t go that far though. It refused to budge
further than the asphalt-paved road. So Jake had to get out, put his hat on,
grab a bottle of water and take the trail on foot. Trekking was always one of
his passions. He thought it would be an easy task.
But along the way, the road became steep downhill and
slippery. Then small, sharp steps were added to the challenge, along with
pointy branches that hit you abruptly. The temperature became humid and hotter
as it took much longer than expected to arrive to the sought destination.
After an hour of trail – given that Jake took a wrong turn
and had to go back to find the right road-sign for where he was going – he finally
reached a rainforest-like path and could hear the sound of running water.
There was a crowd leading up to it.
Too many people meant he wouldn’t be able to enjoy it as
much as he would like. Tourists often did not appreciate the cultural
significance of what they were looking at.
Jake finally reached the foot of the waterfall.
You could hear the stream running from the top of the hill
into a 3metre-deep pool. But that was pretty much it. There was not much to see
and Jake was unimpressed.
Expectations often lead to disappointment. That was his
thought at the sight.
And then he had to take the opposite route to return. And it
was all uphill now.