Here's what's happening in this picture: ⏩ Mosquitoes are attacking me (how are they not showing up in the pic!?) and I am about to lose it. My feet and ankles are already covered in bug bites that are swelling and oozing from the day before. I'm hoping my bandana will protect my ears and neck so I don't have to spray repellent near my mouth. ⏩ I'm super dehydrated and annoyed that someone took the water we cached at Brockway Summit earlier that day. ⏩ My ankle is wrecked from twisting it earlier and my husband's getting blisters so neither of us wants to be on our feet to set-up the tent, get water, or prep dinner. ⏩ I'm hangry as hell.
I forget sometimes to tell you all about these moments. The times where I kind of want to crawl into my tent and cry.
When this happens, I try my best to take one step at a time and tell myself that things will be better tomorrow. But the reality of adventuring outdoors is that sometimes there are back to back days that kind of suck, like when you're caught in a storm or when you get injured.
I've come to realize though that these challenges are what build character, strength, and resilience. They're the stories I'll laugh about with my husband years from know and the memories I'm most excited to share with others once I'm home.
Sure. So much success, fulfillment, and joy come from spending time outdoors. But there's also a lot of pain, feeling uncomfortable, and testing yourself. Together, they are what makes the outdoors such a healing place to stretch, grow, and find yourself.