Don’t Turn Back

There’s no doubt about it, I am my father’s daughter. We’re both stubborn, known for our signature walks, and, above all else, we can’t sit still. My wonderful mother tries to counter this need for constant movement through what she calls “intentional relaxation” aka “forced relaxation.” Dad and I can only take so much of this carefully orchestrated quiet time before we set out in search of our latest adventure, which is exactly what happened on our most recent family vacation.

After a weekend on the lake, Dad and I decided we should satisfy our need for excitement through a hike in the Ozarks. A quick Google search brought up a nearby trail and we set out with nothing but our favorite ball caps and two bottles of water. Now, neither of us have any real experience hiking, but how hard can it be? I mean, it’s just walking around in nature, right? Wrong. Completely wrong.
Turns out that hiking is pretty hard work. I know, I was surprised too. But halfway through our hike, I found myself tired, out of breath, and just ready for a mid-afternoon nap. I had set out full of enthusiasm, but lost that excitement as soon as I started to wear down. At this point, though, there was no turning back because we were as far from our starting point as the end of the trail. 
How often do we do have something similar happen in our lives? We set out with a new goal in mind and then get busy, distracted, or just plain worn out. But let’s take a minute and ask ourselves these questions:
What would it look like if we followed through on all of our projects and goals?
What could we accomplish?
How would those accomplishments feel after the hard work we put into them?
As most of us are getting ready to head back to school and the responsibilities that come with it, let’s be intentional about following through and continuing to pursue our goals, even when we get bogged down with day-to-day life. If we can do so, there’s no doubt that we’ll be more successful than my attempt at hiking! No matter how tired we are or how uncomfortable it may be with the work we have to put in, let’s strive to push ourselves, refuse to settle, and, most importantly, don’t turn back.