Dear Body, Thank You for Bearing with Me

After hiking around 785 miles and working my body hard I thought it deserves a thank you from me.

Dear Body,

Every day I push and pull you. Pound you into the ground. One step at a time I use you and you are always there. Always moving even in pain. You never give up.

My dear feet, I push you into the trail. I roll you over rocks and sticks. You are my roots into the earth. Everything comes down to you. I am so thankful that you keep me up and going. My lovely knees, you bend but never break. I force you to push me up mountains and support me down them. You are stronger and tougher then I could ever imagine. You help me up when I fall down and I could not be more grateful.

Thighs and calves, you are my powerhouses. You are pure strength and only get stronger with the more mountains I climb. I know it’s a good day when you are covered in mud and bug bites. You are the grit and power that I know I can rely on. 

To my hips and shoulders, you have carried the weight of my pack over large boulders and down into the valley. You are what makes me the small ox I am.

Hands and arms, you hold the poles that keep me going. You catch me when I fall and help me balance when I walk. You do all the small, important things I need. 

Body, oh beautiful body, we have come such a long way. You have been pushed to the limit every day out here, but you still stand. I am tiny but you make me mighty, and I am so grateful for you. Let’s keep taking on mountains, and hiking hard, and showing people how strong we are.

I love you so much

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Comments 1

  • Shocktop : Jun 10th

    When I looked at my body in a full length mirror of a Marion motel, I was sad. But that saggy, 52 yr old body got me a long way. Thank you and Happy Trails!


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