“Commitment is what transforms the promise into reality. It is the words that speak boldly of your intentions. And the actions which speak louder than the words. It is making the time when there is none. Coming through time after time after time, year after year after year. Commitment is the stuff character is made of; the power to change the face of things. It is the daily triumph of integrity over skepticism.”- Urban Dictionary
Commitment seems to be one of those lost art forms, like curtsying or RSVP’ing to an event. People just don’t stay committed anymore- maybe it’s all the distractions in our modern life, but it seems so easy for many people to drop a girlfriend, block a friend, go from job to job, or just “quit” something without blinking an eye. I guess I’m old fashioned, but I strongly practice being impeccable with my word and sticking to my commitments. However, I am also really good at only committing to the things I know are good for my mind, body, and soul- like hiking.
There is no such thing as hiking without commitment, at least not any sustainable hiking anyways. If we’re not committed as hikers, we’re not going to get very far, and climbing mountains or doing multiple day backpacking trips will be nearly impossible. There is so much more than just walking down a trail to hiking. Commitment is hiking’s backbone, the needed structure to keep us standing tall when we feel like quitting. Commitment is pushing on when our legs feel like they are going to fall off and when we’re cold and hungry and are still miles from the destination. Commitment is when we have blisters and our hips are on fire and when we crest what we think is the last push before the peak only to realize we have another valley to cross and we keep going. Commitment is eating dehydrated food for days on end so we can stay another day on the trail. Commitment is unloading a small fortune on gear and spending hours upon hours in the wilderness, sometimes all alone with just our thoughts.
But as hikers, we know what the payoff for this commitment is. Absolute bliss. Absolute clarity. And a connection with ourselves and nature that nobody understands unless they have that same commitment. It is worth every time we’ve been cold, hungry, dirty, ate a nasty dehydrated meal, missed an event, had a low bank account, and survived painful blisters. It becomes our life not only on the trail, but off the trail too, and arms us with the power to do and change whatever we set out to do, just like climbing to the top of that mountain.
My goal every year is to hike as much as I can- and 2018 is no exception. Especially since my accident, I do not take being able to get outside and hike for granted, ever. You never know when that may change. I hope to inspire more people to get outside and experience the magic of hiking. I also know how perfect hiking is for me and my own inner growth and wellness. So who else is committing to more mountain peaks and getting outside as much as possible? I can’t wait to see you on the trail.
“Your life changes the moment you take a new, congruent, and committed decision”- Tony Robbins