What a crazy week this has been already. I am leaving tomorrow morning for a 2 1/2 day camping/hiking/educational experience with about 50 students. We will be rained on, cold, and possibly snowed on. It is going to be exhausting, exhilarating, and exciting. I am really looking forward to this trip!
While I am away I won’t be using a computer, phone, or any other technology. The goal is to learn about the river we live on, look at the impact the communities have on the water quality, and hear the stories of those who live there. We will be unplugged and engaged in nature. This is something that most teenagers don’t have an opportunity to do. I love my job!
I am hopeful that the weather will hold up enough for us to do a big hike on Friday. I’m guessing it will be too dangerous but I can still have hope that I will get to challenge myself in a way I never have before. The hike is approximately 8 miles total and will take us to the top of a mountain. I have never done anything like this. As I sit here and write this I am really nervous. More than I thought I would be. When I started my weight loss journey I had this trip in mind. I wanted to loose around 20-25 pounds so that I would have more energy for this adventure. I started walking more, which has made a big difference, but I am still anxious. I am one of the more weaker hikers in our entire group. While I know I will do great for myself, I am nervous about keeping up with everyone. I don’t want to be judged when I reach my breaking point. A student read a reflection today that I found very moving. She said that when our body reaches the point when we want to quit, we are only using 40% of the actual energy we have to give. That means there is still 60% fight left in us. I am going to keep that in mind when I take this journey tomorrow.
Most of my anxiety about this trip is me fighting my internal demons and worrying about what others will think of me and the work I do. I want to finish this hike and trip knowing I have achieved something great.
I will do an update on Saturday when I return from my trip. I will cover how my trip went, my weight loss progress, and how my garden is doing. I can’t wait to share my experience with you!