What started as an add on to my exercise routine became my love. In 2018 a good friend of mine invited me to an 8km hike for catch up, I thought to myself what.. hiking.. me. Against my good judgment, I said yes. I wanted to see my friend and catch up and so the date was set. The day finally came, woke up early at 5am, I couldn’t believe my excitement when I drove into the parking lot of Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens Roodepoort (South Africa). The place was beautiful, breathtaking. In my mind was thinking, hmmmm, I might just be onto something here. We started our hike and from that day on all I wanted was to hike.
The serenity that these mountains, trees, flowers, birds, and the rest of nature brought was priceless. I now call hiking my meditation time. I feel close to myself when I’m out there. Never in million years have I ever thought I will be out and about climbing rocks every other weekend. People who have known me for years will tell you that I always feared things that have to do with nature. Creatures like spiders, lizards, bugs, etc. yet here we are. The first few times when I told my friends that I am now into hiking, they didn’t believe me (some actually laughed), they said there is no way I am hiking. One day I decided I’m gonna go face my fears and experience the Mountains. I challenged my fears and self-limiting beliefs head-on – I do not regret at all as I realised that these were thoughts without experience. The experience of that first day took my breath away, the beautiful moments and time alone were priceless. Being out there taught me that fear clouds opportunities and erases possibilities and limits the ability to move beyond the place in which the mind is stuck.
I can proudly say I am officially a hiker.
Until next time, stay fabtastic people.