What will your first hike be?
I’ve enjoyed the trails of the Appalachian Trail (The A.T.) and many other locations whenever I get a chance to do a day hike. I’ve even hiked more exotic places, including the Garda Mountains of Italy.
My love of hiking
- gets me back into nature and unplugged from my office chair and the rest of the world for a short period of time
- reminds me of the beauty all around us which so many people take
advantage offor granted
- reminds me of life in general
Although most hikes I walk are fairly relaxing and simple, as I would say about my day to day life, occasionally I run into a hike that of the Garda Mountains.
When I first learned about the Garda hike, I heard it was a slightly moderate trail by my kind, and in-shape,European chaps. Sounded great to me. I mean, why would I turn down a nice trail in Northern Italy on a comfortable sunny day? But somewhere along the way there was a feeling telling me a different story. While out on the trail, I went from thinking
this is the most amazing feeling…
I am so out of shape but loving this…
man, what if I get too tired to make it back…
(and many other thoughts that I better not put into writing.)
to finally get back to the thought of
this is the most amazing feeling…
Those feelings told me that I must be doing something crazy. But I kept telling myself, I could do this, and those same thoughts turned into thoughts telling me that I must be doing something right.
And this should be how your life journey should be. It should be challenging. You might think you are doing things that are too hard or possibly crazy to be doing. Those are the times when you should know you are doing things right.
We all need to climb our own Alps
Followers: I will be following up this article in the next day or two.
Until then, I ask to start thinking =
I always hear people say they are “ready” for a new challenge, job, etc. But I’ve realized over the years that “ready” is just a myth. You keep saying to yourself that
I’ll be ready soon
Telling yourself you will get it all figured out, and then you will start.
Note: I catch myself talking to myself about this all of the time; luckily I can remind myself to stop and realize…
There is never going to be a perfect time or place. Everything is not going to fall into place “automajically”, or have a magically neon light to go off to say “hey, it’s your time.”
If you are waiting on this, you will be waiting forever. Don’t wait until you have found happiness before moving forward.
Take accountably for yourself, and make your own timeline. You don’t have to wait until you have it all figured out, because you will figure it out along the way. Heck, you are as ready now as you will ever be until you start doing whatever it is you want to do.
This takes courage to tell yourself and it is hard work, but that’s the point. It’s hard. It’s scary as hell. As hard as it is, the payoff and things you will learn along the way will be huge and so worth your efforts.
Time to go out and start your journey.
My journey of sharing some experiences with my followers and the world is about to start. As I plan to remind myself there is no better time than now to start sharing, I hope somebody will find one of my future blog articles helpful or enlightening.
Over the course of the last twenty years, I’ve asked myself and seen so many of my friends and family ask “what should I do with my life/career?” For some, they seem born with their purpose, while others it takes much more time. What do you do?
When someone asks
What do you do?
do you find yourself stumbling to answer? Not because you don’t know, but because you’re afraid to own it?
We’re afraid of owning the role(s) we’ve created for ourselves. I’m not talking about what your job description upstairs assigns you, but instead, one’s we proclaim for ourselves.
Entrepreneur. Writer. Musician. Photographer. Programmer. Comedian. Parent. Sibling. Spouse.
I struggled with this early in my teenage years because I went between being a secret agent, backup singer, farmer (due to a highly influential family member), or shrimp boat captain (for a much lesser reason of Forest Gump). The secret agent gig didn’t pan out (or you won’t ever know if it did), farming was a passing phase after cleaning chicken coops and sterilizing Angus bulls. Shrimping would have got me on the ocean much more, but I love eating shrimp too much that it could have been a hazard to my health.
Today, I still struggle between what to say – Developer, Designer, Father, Entrepreneur. Whenever I say anything about the web, most people just gloss over with that “oh boy, another geek talking about some new social media thing” face. If I start off that I am a father in the wrong company there is that “great you are going to talk on and on about your kids and show me a bunch of pictures of your baby” look.
Most days, I am quite certain what I am NOT, but having just one definition for “what I do” seems to hard to define some times.
I believe some of this hesitation to confidently declare who we are and what we do comes from being young and the feeling of being inexperienced. It can also comes from feeling too old and afraid to make a shift in career. It comes from people telling us that we’re just kidding ourselves. It comes from feeling like we can’t possibly keep up with all the awesomeness happening around us.
But as is with anything, practice makes perfect.
No matter who you are or what you do.
So go and declare who you are to a family member, spouse, or friend, your dog. Don’t put this step off. By getting it out in the open, you are obligating yourself to push forward with your declaration. Start building your pose of supporters and believers with the people that matter most in your life. Don’t put this off, because you will continue to find excuses.
Then, stick to your guns and own it. When people ask, tell them. Reach out to your community, church, Twitter followers, social groups, or a complete stranger you meet at the grocery store.
So stop procrastinating and convincing yourself from simply believing you are something/somebody to owning and doing it – and living it.
Will you help build a path, a solid foundation, or walls to the special people in your life?
So – What do you do?
Have you ever been told, “Love your neighbors and enemies.” Sure you have.
Its the Golden Rule, who hasn’t been told that since they were 2 years old?
Question to ponder though- is that the best message and advice to give some one from day one in this world?
Maybe we should look at it more like the way we learn in school. Let me explain…
When we first start in school, we learn the basics, generalized, and fundamentals of life as a whole.
2+2 = 4
We do not start 1st grade learning Calculus theorems, chemical equations, and the meaning of life… So are we taught incorrectly with “love your enemy?”
Maybe it should be something more like this…
In our youth – “Love our family.”
Teenage years – “Love our friends.”
College level – “Love all those who love us.”
Higher level – “Love those who are different than us, politics, looks, race, sexual orientation, etc..”
Post-Grad – “Love our neighbors”
PhD level – “Love our enemies”
Where and When did we make the wrong turn?
Maybe that could help us all out…