Before I start, I just wanted to say how lucky I am to be surrounded by some of the most amazing people that I can share this experience and journey with, who also in many different ways inspire me everyday to achieve things and push myself in ways I never thought I would. For this blog I thought I would write about how, through my time over the past 10 days, I have come across three different challenges that have pushed me and inspired me to reach my goals. Following each challenge is a quote that resonates with my experience.
One of the first challenges I faced was definitely being away from home and not knowing how my family were doing. This one was really tough for me at the start, especially as I didn't have WiFi to check up on them. However, once I did check in with them, I stopped focusing on home and started focusing on the here and now and really started to enjoy everything and live in the moment.
"Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its troubles. It empties today of its strength" - Corrie Ten Boom
The next challenge I came across was fear. I decided I wanted to go scuba diving as I had never done it before and was really excited to try it. We practised in a pool and then we headed out to sea for some real diving, however when we got there and were in the water I started to panic. The fear of not being able to breathe took over and I had to go back up to the surface. I was so scared. Despite my fear, I was determined to give it another go and managed to get my breathing steady. I went back under and it was so surreal! One thing I learned from this was to not let my fear take over and ruin my experience but to instead push past it.
"F-E-A-R has two meanings: 'Forget Everything and Run,' or, 'Face Everything and Rise.'" - Zig Ziglar
My last and biggest challenge I faced was yesterday morning, we all got up at 2.30AM (whose crazy idea was that!) and then drove to the bottom of Mount Warning at Wollumbin National Park. It was pitch black as we started hiking up this mountain and after only 20 mins of walking I thought I was going to give up. I was hurting so much from all the stairs and rocks that I kept stumbling over and I thought I was never going to make it. Jess (the most inspirational instructor I could have hoped for) helped me push through it and carry on. I am so grateful that she did, as we watched a beautiful sunrise half way up the mountain (which I wouldn't have seen if I had given up). Seeing this most amazing sunrise motivated me to keep going until I got to the top. After a lot of aches and definitely a lot of sweating (ewww), we made it! I couldn't have felt more proud of myself and my PD family for achieving something so amazing! Seeing the view from the top really inspired me to not give up when something gets tough and to really live life to all it's potential. Anything is possible.
“Mindfulness is a way of befriending ourselves and our experience.” – Jon Kabat-Zinn
I'm very excited to see what challenges the next days bring. Onto surfing now!