Climbing the Mountain

2014/09/29 § 2 Comments

20140928_094225Today was my tenth hike up this mountain.

It is a 1567 foot climb in elevation, a 4 mile loop.

It’s hard for me to climb this mountain. I am 50 lbs. overweight. I have asthma. I am not yet as fit as I want to be.

But I did it. And that makes me feel really good.

Not everyone climbed a mountain today.  But I did.

One day I may be one of those people who run up this mountain, or one of the ones who can carry a conversation right up to the top, or one of the ones who appear to barely break a sweat.

But right now, I am the one stopping every few minutes to catch her breath. I am the one letting others pass. I am the one wondering if my legs will give out. I am the one stopping to use my inhaler.

I am also the one taking in every ounce of refreshment from that cool breeze, and I am, quite possibly, one of the most grateful upon reaching the summit.20140928_090151

I am the one smiling all the way down, blessing every part of my body with gratitude. I am the one feeling very proud of herself.

Because it doesn’t matter how many people passed me, it doesn’t matter how many stops I made, and it doesn’t matter how slow I climbed.

It only matters that I got up this morning and did what I said I was going to do and that I kept moving upward, even when I wanted to turn back down.

Today was my tenth hike up this mountain, and for that I am very proud.

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