Hiking is defined as an outdoor activity that consists of walking in natural environments, often on hiking trails. My first hiking experience was a disaster, but I have committed to pushing myself to get out there and make each hike as enriching as possible. Hiking means going out to see what’s beyond all the screens we always face. With every trip, every fall, every injury we sustain while hiking, emerging as a whole new person can be the best reward you stand to gain - I cannot guarantee you will be scatheless, though.
As rough as hiking sounds, it can be the most peaceful thing you can ever do in your life. Unyielding focus, silence, and patience are some of the most important things you should take with you when hiking. Traversing unpredictable and unfamiliar tracks call you to keep your eyes open - to take every step with caution and attention. Sometimes, when there are no words to suffice how difficult it is to take another step, keeping silent is all you can really do, because anything else won’t bring you a step closer to your destination.
It is so easy to think, “What am I doing here? What was I thinking joining this? Oh, what I’d give to be home right now! Okay, that’s it - this is where I’ll be buried,” patience is what will pull you through. Taking on an unknown trail, an unfamiliar place can be downright scary, but what awaits you at the end of the terrain will always be worth the sweat, and yes, even the bruises.
For some, hiking is borderline therapeutic as it forces you to leave your troubles behind of conquer the task at hand. Hiking is a brand new chapter, with only a beautiful ending waiting for you at the end - don’t miss it.