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It’s never been about the destination, always the journey.  The hard-work, sweat and fatigue makes the destination enjoyable.  That moment everything goes blank and reaction replaces thinking.  One step in front of the other, one voice and one voice only, saying “you got this”.  Your body becomes a prime example of Newton’s first law, for an object that is in motion will stay in motion.  This is what must be done to earn your view, what must be done to avoid defeat.  Always the stairs and never the elevator.

We have all been there at one point or another.  You want to turn back but you know remorse will set in on that car ride home.  It’s very common to make up excuses during the first part of the journey.  Excuses cover the gamut, some more deceiving than others.  This part of the journey can be tough but once you turn off your thoughts the real magic awaits.  Suddenly, a moment in time where you define who you are and what your made of.  A feeling of empowerment, where you veto all negativity out of your mind.  Following, your thoughts and concerns.  This is the act of getting it done, putting your head down and grinding out the pain.  Quite frankly, it is freedom.  Freedom to discover yourself and release from the societal burdens.

This is why many of us hike, it makes you feel alive, never over analyzing and never dull.  Let’s face it, you can drive a car to the top of a mountain, but the view will not be the same.  The view that you chase is one that must be earn’t.