There’s been so much health advice banded around, you know this hiking thing is meant to be good for you.
You’ve done the research, you’ve seen there are local hiking groups in your area. You may even have joined a Facebook Group, but you haven’t actually joined a hike. Yet.
There are so many questions going through your mind; am I fit enough? What do I wear? Will I fit in? How hard are the walks? What if I don’t like it? Arghh, then you have over-thought it and decide it’s easier to do nothing!
Until one day you brave it. You either drag a friend along for ‘comfort’ or you bravely skulk up to the group almost apologetically and nod hello to the nearest person. Before you know it someone is talking to you, asking you questions, you ask them questions, and the conversation flows. That was easy.
Then you’re off and you’re talking to someone else. You talk about work, people you may know in common, how nervous you were, how nervous they were the first time and realise you have a lot in common with this person. They introduce you to the person in front and again a new conversation starts.
Then the first hill hits, you are relieved when a couple of people stop to catch their breath, you do likewise, purely to keep them company, of course.
You discover that hiking is really just walking in nature and although the hills are challenging there is an end. When you reach the top (or bottom) you have been challenged, but it’s the determination that’s going to get you there.
Before you know it the walk is over, you made friends, you weren’t the oldest/youngest/most unfit and if you were, it didn’t matter. You laughed, you got out in nature; you survived!