A few weeks ago, we hiked the spectacular Crypt Lake trail. Even though we have lived part time in Waterton for the last 5 years, we had not yet done this hike. Not only is it well known as being one of the park’s more challenging hikes, but it also has some famous tricky sections such as a ladder climbing up into a natural tunnel, followed by a narrow cliff with cable attached.
I had been quite successful in talking myself out of it for quite some time.
I am afraid of bears. It seems dangerous. The kids might hurt themselves.
I am worried about my heart. What if one of us fell? The weather could turn.
Also. Only really good and experienced hikers do this kind of hike.
I am very good, so good, at this kind of talk.
However, after visiting my dad, an avid outdoors-man, and talking to him about it and watching you-tube videos of 7 year olds making the trek with solely their Barbie back-packs on, I decided it was probably safe.
As it turned out, it was. The day we chose for our hike was a hot mid-August Saturday that stayed hot and sunny, and there were literally boatloads of people,
which made the chance of being devoured by a bear relatively non-existent, as I am sure they were the nervous ones.
It didn’t feel particularly dangerous either. I am not generally afraid of heights and am pretty limber so the obstacles were fine as long as you didn’t look down.
And my heart kept up beautifully. Yay, heart!
Sitting at the lake having lunch, Dan and I commented to each other about how easy it is to build things up in your head, make them so much bigger than they really are.
In Scotland this Spring, Dan had a marvelous opportunity to do something that many people dream of, but few get the chance to do. It’s his story to tell, not mine, so that’s all I am going to say about it.
Except that…..he almost didn’t do it. Because he didn’t think he was good enough or prepared enough or a bunch of other things that only he knows.
He did it, though, and had one of the most rewarding days of his life.
It seems so silly to talk ourselves out of things when we can do anything really,
the possibilities before us are as wide as the sky.
And, is everyone really more talented and capable than us –
regardless of how prepared they may look with all of their gear and confidence. Or maybe it’s just guts.
I am looking forward to courageously and joyfully moving forward this fall into new territories and adventures, even if all I have on me is my Barbie backpack because really,
as sung by one of my all-time favourites, Gene Wilder (rest in peace beautiful man) who masterfully played Willy Wonka –
Simply look around and view it
Anything you want to, do it
Want to change the world, there’s nothing to it
Keep watch this week for an announcement regarding my Fall PeaceCard sessions. I have spent the last few months pondering what they should be all about, and I am super excited about how it’s all come together and what’s in store.