Clear your mind of can’t ~ Samuel Johnson
This time last year, my friend asked me if I would like to join her on a trek up Snowdonia. I was in two minds about it. Firstly, sounded exciting and I like a challenge. Secondly, after reading about the climb and others experiences of falling off the edge or even dying, I was scared and almost talked myself out of it. I trained most days, walked up and down the Malvern Hills for a few months, did more yoga to build up my strength in both body and mind and walked 11 miles in one go knowing this was how long it was going to be and the weekend came. It was a beautiful day in April and we set off early with a gang of us, we saw stunning scenery on the way up and around us and it felt good to walk and walk on uneven tracks, keeping those legs going. It was tough and hard on our legs as we got higher, but I was determined I could do it, and carried on. I was here to do this challenge for myself and to raise money for charity too. It was icy cold at the top with the wind blowing a hooley. Gloves off quick for a photo to prove we had done it. It felt amazing. A real achievement. I was advised to take walking poles and pleased i did, as coming down, it took the jolt out of your knees and the poles really helped. We got down safely. We made it, no injuries, no scary moments and walked 11 miles!! I’m glad I did it, met some lovely people that weekend and looked forward to my next challenge.
So here I am now that time of the year for the next challenge. It’s been a challenging time for the whole world with Covid-19 going on, trying to stay safe and well, mentally and emotionally, effecting everyone in different ways. As we are in lockdown, staying at home and keeping safe, looking at funny videos on social media, seeing the funny side of things, watching the news reminding us of what’s going on, sad news and praying our loved ones are well and this will soon pass. It has taught us many things and for me, who is really important in my life, who are the people that really care and who are the selfish ones who don’t. I used to do online food shopping, but now I use local businesses, the local butcher, baker and village shop for all my groceries once a week and really appreciate their help in my community I live in. Our village has come together to help the vulnerable and everyone who needs help, a real community spirit and I’m proud to be part of that. For an occasional treat, we have bought delicious food from various local restaurants who are home delivering. They help us and we help them. ❤️
So returning to my personal challenge this year is to run 10km by September. I can run 5km no problem and always dreaded the thought of running 10km or saying to myself I can’t, but I’m setting myself the challenge and I’m going to do it and hopefully by then, Covid-19 would have gone too and we can all get back to hugging our loved ones and appreciating what we have every single day and being with the people we want to be with.
So if you have thought of a challenge that you would like to do and then thought you can’t, clear your mind to can. You can do this!
And finally, if you are finding it hard to clear your mind, I'm offering free meditations sent to you fortnightly which are about 10 minutes long and you can play them when and where you want to.
Take care, stay safe, well & positive.