I decided to move back to my old hometown last year to get a bit of a sea change and a change of pace after the hustle and bustle of London. It’s a really beautiful location with bay and ocean beaches close by, lots of quality produce grown here as well as some fantastic wineries.
It was only when I lived in London that I started to appreciate this special place – I was telling people from all over the world about this little nook that I had called home and the most common response was ‘why on earth are you here in London, when you have all that beauty at home’….it only took me 6 years to finally have that aha moment and decide to move back! 😉
When I was 15, I couldn’t wait for the final year of high school to roll around so I could get out of here and the irony now is that there is no where else I’d rather be! This morning when I woke up, the sun was shining brightly, so I thought I’d better get out and make the most of it.
There’s a great hike not too far away which takes you up the top of the hill to a stunning lookout where you can see right across the bay – the trees have grown quite a bit since I was a kid and there are a lot more houses down below than I remember back in the day, but it’s still a pretty special spot.
This morning as I was walking up, I was feeling pretty good and cracking a decent pace. About halfway, my breathing was beginning to really labour and my legs were definitely letting me know that they weren’t overly enjoying the exertion. And you know what happened? I kept going! My mind played it’s usual tricks, making me think that what I was doing was hard and I’d be better just turning back, but I quieted that pesky voice and just concentrated on taking one step at a time.
Not once did I look up to see the trail in front of me to see how much further I had to go, I became very present in what I was doing and I just continued to do what I needed to do in order to get to where I wanted to go and I was rewarded with this view…
Pretty special and definitely worth the hike!
As I was hiking up, I realised that this one step at a time thought can be applied to so many different aspects of life – be it starting a new job, commencing study or building a business.
The important thing is to look at only what needs to be done to get to the next level, rather than looking at the entire road (hill) ahead.
I know for me, that there have been many times in my life where I’ve felt really stuck and not known which way to turn and it was in those times that I can now see that I was looking too far up the hill in front of me, rather than concentrating on the small steps that would lead me to my destination. ☺
I hope this helps someone else who may be feeling a little stuck right now. If this post resonates with you, I’d really love it if you commented below.