Up early again today to head out for a birthday hike... and my goal was to make it all the way to the end - no matter how long it took.
I quickly realized that I was unprepared for this hike: the battery on my headphones was at 20%, I forgot sunscreen, I didn't pre-hydrate, and I didn't bring water with me.
Nevertheless, she persisted.
As I was walking I reached a sign that said, "Strenuous Beyond This Point." I though, "Crap, what has it been up to this point then?"
Sure enough, the sign was correct. As I was climbing up and down the rocks I really was excited for the end of the trail. Imagining what was I going to do, how would I celebrate, and so on. Then I lost my footing a bit and realized I need to be here, in THIS moment.
The hike this morning was truly about the journey, being in the here and now, watching every step, and following the path.
When I reached the end there wasn't any fanfare, no finish line, just a sign that said, "End of Pinnacle Peak Trail."
But wait... there's more. Seriously, the trail kept going. So, I became curious and followed it all the way to the very end. Just when you think you're done, there's more. Then when heading back there was a sign, "Beginning of Pinnacle Peak Trail."
We never really end, and what we think is the end is truly a beginning.
That hike was a journey. What a perfect way to kick off my 46th year on this big, blue, beautiful planet we call Earth. An accomplishment that was 11 years in the making. Here's to endings that are really beginnings, the ups and downs of the journey, adventures, and enjoying the moment.