This Saturday, my husband and I hiked Mount Wilson for the #sixpackofpeaks challenge. While we were ascending some switchbacks I had to stop various times. I was scared I wouldn’t make it to the top, but my husband reminded me why I even started to do this in the first place. He said to think of this mountain as the challenges we faced in life and overcoming them. More specifically my depression and anxiety.
I began this hiking journey to recover from postpartum depression and anxiety. The one thing that still plays a role in my life. I opted not to get on medication. I wanted to go the holistic route, so hiking became my second type of therapy.
When we made it to the top I was actually impressed at what my body did. When we got back to our car, even though my feet were in pain and had developed a couple small blisters, I was on a high. I had hiked over 14 miles with an elevation gain of 4,200 feet. I felt proud of myself. I felt like a legit hiker. 😂 I felt good that I have been able to get myself out of bed for the past 28 weeks to beat this stupid depression. I do this for me, for my son, for my marriage, for my physical health, but especially for my mental health.
I’ve set these goals and joined these challenges not to compete with other hikers or to compare myself to them either. However, I do find inspiration from other hikers and I hope that other moms can find inspiration from me. I hope they know they are strong enough to get through whatever challenge they are presented with.