Things I tell myself
It’s about believing in yourself
Self-motivation is a key to doing just about anything in life but is particularly useful when hiking. It’s no secret that hiking is not always easy. You can expect things like crying for a verity of reasons, pain just about everywhere, and constantly questioning why you are there. It’s a mental challenge as much as it is a physical challenge.
I have always been one for Silver Linings and optimism. Now, that does not mean that I don’t struggle with my own brine telling me I cant do things and trying its hardest to un-motivate me and bring me down. Its always been an uphill battle for me when it comes to my own self-worth and power. Hiking gives me power and confidences, and I refuse for my mental health issues to take that from me. I use mantras and motivational sayings to keep me going when every other part of me wants to stop.
These are the things I tell myself when I need motivation and empowerment
1. Standing on top of mountains
“I put myself here. I hiked up and down the trail. Scrambled up rocks and over tree limbs. My legs hurt and my lungs burned. I felt the hot sun and cold winds on my skin. I put myself here out of my own straight and will.”
2.Walking down mountains
“I put myself up here, and I can take myself down”
3.When in pain or struggling mentally or when I realize I have so little time before I’m on trial.
“I’ve got this”
“I can do this”
“One step at a time”
“Just keep going”
“Keep moving forward”
A little cadence
I also like to make up very bad turns when I’m walking along and have nothing to do (I once sang a song about tiny bird legs for about 40 minutes while walking on a beach). So because of my love keeping my mind busy and fun little tunes, I have come up with a little walking cadence. It may not be the best, but I feel it will help me mentally as things get rough and tough on trial.
“I could walk 2000 miles
I could walk them with all smiles
With these trekking poles in hand
I’m gonna go a trekking, man
Down these trails and up these mountains
I’m just gonna keep on travelin’
With these feet, ill make it all the way
F#*k this pain
I’m making it to Main”
As my time before I start gets shorter and shorter
I am preparing myself for what might happen on my hike. I know that thru-hiking the AT is no small feat and every day will bring its own and new challenges.I know I will have days where I won’t want to move and I will question my self harshly. I also know I will have days where I feel unstoppable and stronger and happier then I have ever felt. I’m excited about new things I will experiences and the challenges I cant ever imagine. The uncertainty, and unknown, and the things I will learn from them. All I can do is except that I will have some very hard days and some mind-blowingly amazing days. With the trail as my guide and my mind and body ready to take in all that it can, I’m excited to see what is to come.
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