Starting that hard thing.
Last fall my daughter was starting her senior year and sharing some dreams for the future with me. One of those dreams was to take hiking to the next level… backpacking. With me.
Well I let that idea percolate over the winter and decided to give it a try. My husband generously funded the purchase of our gear as a graduation gift to our daughter.
Backpacking is hard. Really hard. I’m a slower hiker as it is, but strap on a 25lb pack and my pace slows even more. During the second trip I began to get quick discouraged. That old taunting friend started shouting in my head and I had to do some quick thinking to shut her up.
Here is what I learned.
Yes, I am slow, painfully slow. But this summer I am doing something I never thought I would do, something I never wanted to do. I am not only hiking with my daughters, but strapping on a 25lb pack and going up steep hills and down equally steep hills, then, doing it again.
It is very hard. And it is so good.
So let me encourage you! Go ahead and do that hard thing, even if you are not strong enough. Even if you are not fast enough. You will get stronger. You will get faster. And who knows what you will see, what you will hear, and what you will learn.
I bet it will be good, and that you’ll be so glad that you did.
What is that hard thing you’ve been thinking about starting?