I’m laying in bed writting this after a six hour hike up a beautiful mountain in Interlaken Switzerland. My feet are killing me and I’m exhausted but I wanted to write lessons from my hike while it’s still fresh in my mind.
My wife and two friends started the journey towards a waterfall. Within the first thirty minutes of the hike I was questioning how I was going to do the next five and a half hours. It was a steep climb and my calves were already burning. I took it one step at a time and eventually my mind drifted away and I felt like I was on auto pilot the rest of the way.
It doesn’t matter what the challenge is, it seems like the start is always the hardest part. All you can do is take it one step at a time.
The second lesson was when we came to a fork in the path. One path was pointing down the mountain and the other path was pointing up. We chose to take the hard path up the mountain where we came upon the most beautiful lookout that could only have been witnessed at that altitude.
Choosing the more challenging route usually comes with a greater reward.
The third lesson was the most exciting and memorable part of the hike for me. It’s when we took the wrong turn and ended up lost in an open field along the mountain. We ran into an old man who pointed us in the direction to get back to the original path but it was up to us to make our own way. In the end we found our way but that sense of uncertainty created an exciting memory.
I think excitement is intertwined with uncertainty. When I look back to my life’s most exciting moments, there always seems to be a certain element of risk associated with it.
I think our willingness to embrace the unknown rather than to shield ourselves from it makes for an exciting life.
Also published on Medium.