Mountains, some of us have seen them, all of us have lived through moments in life that feel like mountains impossible to climb.
Last week, I got to go on vacation for the first time in seven years. Mind you, I travel as part of my job. I go around the United States, the Caribbean and Asia once a year. But none of those journeys ever really feel relaing to me. I come home, stressed about work, stressed about travel, with a stomach bug, mosquito virus, jet lag or lack of sleep. I love my job, I have to love my job in order to do it well, and I do. But I can’t remember the last time I was able to relax, truly stress free. We talk about stress a lot, and sometimes I really question if we’re actually able to eliminate it.
In the past two years, I’ve changed careers, struggled through my parents divorce, battled with confidence and self image. I’ve become physically strong, healthy, more mature and learned about financial stability. I’ve learned that my 20s requires a lot of learning, nobody really told me to prepare for that!
I promise this all ties together. Mountains, vacations, life.
Last week I hiked three small mountain ridges in Hawaii, one each day. They all had a few things in common, a steep climb in elevation over a short period of time. I had to spend a lot of energy before I was able to rest. It reminded me a lot of the last couple years of my life. As I got to the top of the “Pillbox Ridge”, I took in the view not just physically, but reflected on my life.
I know we’re a blog focused around strength training, healthy eating and life. This is where I’m at right now. I haven’t lifted in three weeks, and I feel amazing. For the first time in probably years, I have been able to feel truly stress free.
Friends, I understand that we can’t all go on vacation. But we all can take the time we need to step away. Take a day, take a weekend. Leave life behind and find enjoyment in relaxation.
I realized the last two weeks that I want to be able to hike mountains and ridges and swim in the ocean for a long time. I want to enjoy life for a long time. Stress only hinders this, makes this seem less possible. Value strength. Value a healthy diet. Value sleep. Value rest. You won’t regret it.