I haven’t done this before for a Photo Challenge, but for this week’s theme I’m going to revisit the day I hiked Toro Negro.
In that post I described the whole adventure of the journey, the place and the experience, but at the time I didn’t want to mention that trip was a personal milestone. It was less about the hike and much more about getting over myself. It was Christmas, I was sad, things at work were not running smoothly, I was emotionally exhausted and stressed and I wanted to rise above it all, literally. I wanted to feel taller, to look at it from above and realise that it was all tiny in comparison. I wanted to breathe another air and sweat away the negativity to be able to receive the new year in better spirits. That is what that trip gave me.
I planned this picture in my mind days before.
I wanted physical proof that I had been able to stand at the top and conquer. As I reached this place I remember feeling that I could do it all. I could get through the funk of a lonely Christmas, the not so good times at work, I could get over myself. All that sadness and bitterness was insignificant because my life was much more than that bit of tears. I could see that as I stood on the top of that mountain and took in that view, it was so healthy.
I didn’t feel my emotions go away immediately, it wasn’t an instant cure, but it gave me the hope I needed. It gave me air and strength to carry on a bit longer, which is the whole trick to overcoming bad days; just hold on a bit longer, have a bit more faith.
And then I was free.