Hiking: Tom’s Thumb

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Okay guys, here’s the deal: I was super, super excited to go hiking with my family. I mean, who wouldn’t want to get some sun in November, get a little workout in before a hearty Thanksgiving meal, or spend time with family? (Probably someone). But I wanted to do all of those things. We hiked the shorter side of Tom’s Thumb in Scottsdale, Arizona, and I thought it would be a piece of cake. Boy, was I wrong.

Before the hike, I would’ve considered myself to be in pretty good shape from tennis training. But nothing could’ve truly prepared me for what this hike had in store… Before we even got to the base of the mountain, I made a comment to my fam along the lines of, “Wow, I should probably be concerned that my calves are already burning!” I was laughing at this remark, but nobody else was. I quickly realized this wouldn’t be an easy or “leisure” experience, as one of my cousins had described it.

There were multiple times when I thought I was going to either vomit, pass out, or have to turn around, but there’s a certain shame in watching multiple sets of grandparents pass you. So I kept going because, gosh darnit, I was going to get to the top of this mountain. After quite a few rests, embarrassing gasps for air, and thoughts of divulging in a plate of turkey the next day, we all made it to the top.

As with anything else I do, I learned something as we got to the top of the mountain. And you can think this is as cheesy as you want, but it makes a lot of sense to me.

Lesson learned: The way you talk to yourself in your head can really determine if you’re able to finish something or not. You truly can do anything you put your mind to, it’s just a matter of whether you motivate and push yourself in a positive direction.

That’s all. xx

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