Last week, I went hiking with The Trail Dames. This hike was for first timers and we climbed Stone Mountain, in Atlanta, Georgia.
Stone Mountain is a great, great mountain.
It is steep and rocky. And just when you think the incline can’t get any worse, there are metal hand rails to get you over the last bit. It is not an easy mountain, and we were all huffing, puffing and sweating when we finally got to the top. However, once the trail evened out we looked out and saw the view.
A view that goes for miles and miles and miles…..
Each time we hike, I think “who gets to see the view from the top of a mountain? Who gets to see the view from the seat of a kayak or the chair of a ski lift?”
The woman that walked up there…that is who gets to see it. You can open books, peruse post cards and surf the web, but that is a pale comparison to the real thing. The only people who get to see what is truly out there are the ones that ignored the butterflies in their stomach, got off the couch, and went and did it.
The pay off makes all of the sweating and shortness of breath totally worth it. The next time you grab the opportunity to step outside of your comfort zone, remember that you are one of the few people that get to see this view. And be proud.
- Anna Huthmaker