Met (@kaleighrisa) on the Choose Mountains meetup to #oysterdome yesterday and walked with her most the way. She had a knee brace on and said she hadn't hiked in a long time. She did great, along with everyone else and it's so cool to see so many strangers and friends come together to just have a really great time. I asked her the question I ask everyone because I love hearing your stories ⬇️
What makes you #choosemountains?
🔹"Oh goodness.... I don't know where to start!
Hahah I mean, you could tell from today's adventure that hiking is a challenge for me. I've been down a long road of sickness and injury. From tearing my MCL, to getting diagnosed with Lupus, suffering from chronic migraines and a severe anxiety disorder, enduring it all while being a single mother.
I've always tried to find joy and beauty through the pain and I find it out in the mountains. As my eyes take in mile after majestic mile of rock and tree, my soul is soothed by God's grandeur and I'm reminded I'm infinitely small in this giant, wonderful world. The landscape beckons me to an adventure and speaks to my spirit that I was MADE to face these challenges. Through the mountains I heard an invitation to embrace the life of adventure and challenge that God was placing before me. Most days I feel small, weak and insignificant, disabled by my pain...and yes hiking with people much stronger and faster than me, reminds me of my set backs....but getting to the end of each hike, each mountain I summit, is an accomplishment overcoming the pain.
to summarize. I'm in constant to the core pain, and getting to the top of a mountain is me laughing in that pains face, when it says I can't do something I prove it wrong"
Kaleigh is wearing our CM beanie and lives here in Washington. Follow her for more
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