October 17, 2017
Today was a tough day mentally and physically. I did this Kalalua Trail hike to Hanakapiai Falls 3 yrs ago and I noticed…
Today was a tough day mentally and physically. I did this Kalalua Trail hike to Hanakapiai Falls 3 yrs ago and I noticed early this morning my body just wasn’t as agile and fit as back then. We faced mud, humidity, rocks with direct vertical climbs, hugging rock cliffs, gnarled roots, and I went through many mental feels of elation, doubt, and pride. Literally saw a Korean lady almost fall off the cliff and we were able to help her. Ended up using a lot of my breathing techniques from yoga and #mindovermatter mentality in my weak moments. I thought about turning back several times and questioning why I put myself through the madness. Instead, I let the people pass behind me and I took the trail at my own pace. No pressure, just me.
I am so proud of the work and mental strength I displayed today. Just with all things in life, sometimes what we want (aka the insanely beautiful waterfall) is not always handed to us (aka drive right up to the waterfall). We have to work for them (aka go through 8 miles of hiking), put in the sweat and put up with mental games and the payoff will be worth it (rainbows, cool water, and stunning waterfalls). There will definitely be stumbles, lost footing, slipping off of rocks, wading waist deep in active streams, emotional ups and downs, doubts and successes. We can’t be expected to do our tasks 100% perfectly every time we try something.
What have you challenged yourself with today? What mental blocks did you have that you were able to overcome by taking a pause and a couple deep breaths? There is growth in discomfort and challenge, don’t deprive yourself of the opportunity to surprise yourself and get a gorgeous payout!
(Video of the well deserved waterfall in the comments below!)