Monday, February 16, 2015

Lessons Learned from Hiking

There are many lessons to be learned from hiking, and they don't just apply to the trail. Many of these lessons translate well to the rest of life, making it easier to cope and adapt to all the craziness life throws our way. Here are a few things I've learned on my journeys. Each point probably deserves elaboration, but for now, I'll just give you the bare list. I hope you find a few of these useful fuel for contemplation as you saunter your own path.
  • A path worth taking is rarely easy.
  • Obstacles don't always mean you're going the wrong way.
  • Sometimes the right path is not clear until you get there. Perspective is everything.
  • Sometimes the most critical step in a hike is the one out the front door.
  • Constant forward progress is far more important than speed. This is not just for the tortoise and the hare.
  • It's as important to know where you are as where you're going.
  • Maps may not be perfect, but they're usually worth trusting until proven otherwise. A good map represents the experience of those who've been there before, and a wise hiker ought to at least listen.
  • In the end, it's the journey, not the destination.
  • Poorly selected friends can ruin a good hike.
  • In the end, we all must hike our own hike.
  • A short-cut is just that.
  • No matter where you're going, one step at a time is the only way to get there.
  • Be prepared. It's the Boy Scout motto for good reason.
  • Sometimes the weather is perfect, and sometimes it's horrible. Either way, you just have to deal with it and find your way the best you can.
  • Any day on the trail is good day.
  • Travel light. You'll go further, see more, smile more, live more.

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