I just got back from vacation with my extended family. We visited the north side of Lake Tahoe in California. I took the photo above from the top of the trail at Eagle Rock. Let’s just say that while it wasn’t a terribly difficult climb, it still took stamina, balance and a little endurance. Of course, the reward for climbing to the top is a stunning view which almost doesn’t seem real!
This day out on the trail taught me something valuable. Stay with me here…now, generally, whenever I vacation with my siblings, I feel like a beached whale. My sister and younger brother and their spouses are quite fit. I’m more of an average size with about 15 extra pounds on my frame. If you see me in a swim suit, you won’t be impressed. I can’t help but compare myself to others around me, but I still find a way to rationalize and enjoy myself anyway. (Hey, nobody is perfect!)
While realizing that I, again, failed to lose those stubborn extra pounds before this year’s vacation, I decided not to dwell on it. I was having a good time with my family, and decided not let my less than perfect body spoil my week in nature’s paradise.
Then came our family hike up Eagle Rock. Some individuals in our party labored to climb the trail, having trouble with the incline and rocky terrain. I, on the other hand, was completely able to climb the trail, help my girls up the steep parts, and make it to the top with a smile on my face. That’s when it hit me… I may not have the perfectly shaped body, but I have a strong one. My body was strong enough to make it to the top that day, go horseback riding the next, and generally handle whatever adventure was on the roster for the rest of our stay.
That day really opened my eyes. I saw clearly that the big picture isn’t about being perfectly thin and shapely, but about taking care of yourself. I’ve found more inspiration to eat well, sleep well, and keep moving. Yes, this body is aging, but it doesn’t have to stop climbing mountains. As long as I keep moving, and taking care of myself, my able body will take me where I want to go.