Ever thought you weren’t going to make it? But then, you did. The more this happens in my life, the more I realize I must PERSIST! A few years ago, I trekked Annapurna Circuit with some friends. The most rigorous day was that of Thorang La Pass.
Early in the morning, before dawn, we began hiking in the cold. I mean cold. You go to use the bathroom and the bucket of water that’s meant as your toilet paper is now frozen. It was a COLD morning at a high altitude. It was the first time I experienced altitude sickness (but not the last). In order to make it, I had to give my bag away for someone else to carry. That alone was difficult, because it felt like it wasn’t a true accomplishment. But that was a stupid thought.
Whether you come to trek 3 days, 5 days, 3 weeks through Sagamartha Park with or without a porter, finishing what you start is important. It gives you the energy to move on to the next goal, then the next. When we arrived at the top, our porter threw up his fingers with a #2!! It was the first time he had a group finish the trek to the top in 2 hours. It did not matter if someone else had to carry my bag. I was not going to finish with it. What mattered is that the goal was met and hot tea was consumers at 5416 meters in Nepal overlooking the most incredible views.
It is important to make goals, to give yourself something to look forward to, but be easy on yourself. Remember you are the one setting the goals and going after your dreams. If you need to give someone else your bag, let it go. Just do something! Anything that inspires you to keep experiencing the beauty around you.
Blessings and Peace