hiker at the peak of the mountain

How I Learned to Love Hiking

I’m not a sporty type of person. I like to stay indoors and remain in my comfort zone. I don’t want anything to do that would make me sweat or tired. But a recent experience changed how I view my lifestyle. Let me share you my story.

We all friends in our lives that would make us do things we would never do on our own. And I’m proud to say I got one. She got tired of our usual weekend routine. I’ll cook and we will spend the whole night watching movies or playing online. One Saturday morning, my friend called to let me know that she won’t be coming because they have a team building and can’t say no because everyone is joining. When she came back after that event, she was this new person. She said, “you are missing so much fun. Don’t isolate yourself here at home.” I replied, “look who’s talking”.

She said, “you are missing so much fun. Don’t isolate yourself here at home.”

I was spending my weekend routine alone because she was always out with her new friends. I can’t help myself but to become jealous but I’m too grown up for that. I was so happy when she called to invite me to one of her outdoor activity. I was hesitant at first but I really miss her so much. So, I said yes though my mind really doesn’t want to go. She told me what to bring, what to wear and what to expect. I told her, “That could be so tiring, don’t you think?”. She replied, “It is tiring and will make you sweat a lot but the view and the experience┬áthat come with it will outweigh all the trouble, just trust me.”

It is tiring and will make you sweat a lot but the view and the experience that come with it will outweigh all the trouble, just trust me.

I really hate waking up early specially on weekends because that’s the only time I can appreciate my bed but I have to because of the hiking trip. She called three times asking the same question just to make sure I’m awake. The ride was smooth and the friends she brought along were nice. I became comfortable with my new company. Then it was the time to hike. I saw the huge mountain and I can’t even see the peak. So, are we planning to reach the peak? I asked. They said yes.

My strength was tested that day but she was right the view and the experience outweigh all the trouble. I had a hard time hiking, my legs are already trembling due to fatigue and my shirt was soaking in sweat. Everyone cheered me up. They said that it would be easier the next time. While hiking to the peak we had the funniest conversations about life and work. I think that was the best part of the experience.

I now regularly hike with my new found friends. We all love it. It’s good that finally I’m out of the house. My mom can’t be happier. Hiking is a lot of fun to do specially when you have supportive friends around.

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