Sometimes when faced with a large obstacle we shut down. Panic mode is activated and all rational thought goes out the window. We become unreceptive to all things both good and bad. Hiking through the Tiger Leaping Gorge could have easily been one of those experiences. With its condescending peaks and awesome cliffs it definetly seems like a challenge not to be easily overcome.
When we first set out on our trek today I was well rested and ready to go. Yesterday’s hike had set a high bar that I hoped today would meet. So we started, and like the eager hiker I am I immediatly hopped in the front of the line, ready to face anything this hike could throw at me. We had expert help in the form of our group leaders and teachers, and before long we were hundreds of feet above the small village in which we had started. At that moment I looked back and thought that if I had thought about the end goal the entire time reaching it would have, in turn, become much harder. We hiked through what was easily one of the most stunning landscapes I have ever seen today and I realize now that with the wrong mindsets the best of gifts can seem like a drudging chore.