Today we walked 20 miles carrying full camping kit in a landscape the coast path info describes as a rollercoaster. They’re not joking. Some of the hills were so steep Sarah was crawling on her hands and feet and I was taking micro-rests every 10-15 steps
My reflections on resilience include:
A. When something is overwhelming it serves me well to only think about the next step
B. Trying to work out how to do anything but A is impossible
C. Feeling overwhelmed and worrying about what’s coming next takes up more energy than is available
D. Pushing through hurts - my feet ache like never before.
E. Listening to myself and taking rests whenever I need to - even if I need to embarrassingly often - helps
F. When you get to where you want to be it’s satisfying
G. I like the feeling of pushing myself beyond what I think I can do and finding out I’ve got more in the tank than I thought
H. Friends are good
I am too tired to write more or post this until the morning
Words fail me
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