Walking up the incline today was easier than yesterday. It still was challenging but I am determined to use the time here to build my stamina. I realized yesterday that a change in altitude can be compared to life circumstances in so many ways.
For one thing, the altitude is the altitude in the same way that life is just the way it is. I’ll explain what I mean.
When I encounter a situation that is difficult, or challenges me in a new way, I have options as to how I’ll deal with it.
I may not be able to do anything about the circumstance but I can choose to face it rather than denying it exists. That does not mean I won’t have to make adjustments. It doesn’t mean it won’t be painful.
Just as walking uphill is painful when first attempting it. Today’s walk was easier than yesterday’s which was easier than the day before. I still go slow and my lungs still burn but I sense progress is being made.
I’ve also noticed that people that live in higher elevations often remind those of us that don’t to drink a lot of water, gently reminding us that altitude changes take time. It doesn’t happen overnight.
When faced with a difficult situation it is often a good thing to seek the advice or support of someone that knows how it feels. It doesn’t mean I have to believe everything I hear but it can be helpful to learn from those who have walked a similar path.
Which leads me to my final point.
Sometimes we are the people that have gone through the hard situation and have valuable insight to lend to another.
It might be a listening ear.
We might not think we have much to offer because we remember the times we didn’t do it exactly right or the times when progress was so slow we didn’t realize how far we’d come.
But, if we keep walking and learning while remaining teachable we can be an example of endurance to someone just starting out on the journey.
I will be back at it tomorrow, grateful for the health and opportunity.