When I think back to my younger years, I remember being a pretty active kid. By active I mean that I loved being outside climbing trees, running around, riding bikes, hanging out with my friends and keeping busy.
I remember playing sports in school. Volleyball, track & field, basketball even. Although short little me wasn’t the greatest at basketball. I was fast, I was furious and I was very determined. I even won the sportsmanship award when I graduated 7th grade.
As a teenager, I slowed down a bit. Volleyball was my passion and I played it in high school. I loved it because I was good at it. I loved the thrill that came from tournaments and competitions.
As a university student, I went to the gym 3x a week but that was the extent of my activities schedule. I was too busy studying, studying,
going out with friends, clubbing and more studying. *Ahem.
It wasn’t until I met my husband J that I was introduced to a whole other world of physical activity. The kind of fitness you find in the very backyard of the beautiful place in which you live.
He introduced me to hiking.
At first I hated it. I was 30 years old and not in the best shape of my life. I didn’t understand what was so great about hiking up a mountain when it hurt every inch of my body and caused me to hyperventilate.
It wasn’t fun. At. All.
Until we got to the top of that mountain.
Then I saw this …
and was swept away from the simple beauty of our planet.
A planet that I managed to live on for 30 years and not know the real beauty it had to offer me.
My husband has taken me on many hikes since my first one. He now goes easy on me and takes me to places he knows I can handle. The more he takes me, the more I understand why he loves exploring the natural world so much. It’s simply breathtaking.
It makes you appreciate life for what it really should be.
Beautiful. Peaceful. Simple.
And because of this, I went on a hike on my own (without husband) just the other day.
I went with these girls.
My work buddies … and we had a great time.
Husband was proud.
And so was I.