By Wendy Lim, 2 minute read
In February, I once again chucked myself into the deep end without even realising. With friends, we attempted a grade 4, ‘moderate/difficult’ hike of the Southern circuit of the Cathedral Ranges.
It took us over…
Walking along uneven rocky ridge lines, scaling vertical boulders, narrow caves, running out of water, coping with physical exhaustion, facing fears of heights, and battling my mind.
As the default software in my brain started running and playing out all the preparation and research I should have done. Finding blame in how I failed everyone. Something shifted in me. I accepted the situation we were in. Worked out the way forward, and kept walking. Really, I didn’t have a choice in the matter, it was either give up right here, among the boulders (and say goodbye to the world, yes I was being a bit over dramatic in my head) or keep following the trail, towards our way home.
This was the outdoor adventure that made me become grateful. Grateful to have a body that is pain free. Grateful that I can walk. Grateful that my legs work. Grateful that I was not alone in this endeavour (I had drag everyone else along!). Over and over I listed all the ways I was grateful as I walked for hours and hours. And this experience was really humbling. Sometimes we have to be challenged, back up against a wall, pushed to our limits to realise we have so much in our reserve, so much in our disposal. So much we can utilise within us, right now.
So now, I make sure I have a mule (Dale, my partner on adventures) to carry lots of water, when I go on any walk, what so ever. And I treat nature, the hike grading system, with more respect.
I also made a commitment to myself to keep active, and be grateful that I can move with ease pain free. So I play indoor soccer weekly, walk outside every chance I get, choose to take the stairs, take breaks frequently (every 30 minutes, try to) from sitting.
What are you grateful for?
Public service announcement: If you do not move pain free, you need to get yourself sorted. If you have been putting up with the pain for over two weeks with no improvement, then it is time to get the area assessed. Book yourself in to see either GP, Physio, Osteo, Chiro, Yoga Therapist or any Allied Health Professional that can access what is going on. It’s not normal to be in pain. The longer you leave it, the longer it will take to recover and undo habits/learn better habits. Do your body a favour. Rant over.