As our time here is winding down, I’m overwhelmed with mixed emotions. Partly happiness about going home to friends, family, grocery stores and farmers markets, microbrews, and a kitchen! But a big part of me is very very sad to be saying goodbye (for now) to all the adventures, the constantly-changing scenery, the daily challenges of travel, the cheap street food, and the gorgeous hiking.
Feeling victorious after climbing the highest peak in El Salvador!
I do feel like I’ve matured a lot on this journey, and one of the ways I’ve matured is in regards to my outlook on health. I used to say that I wanted to die before I get old. I don’t want that anymore, but I do want to be a super healthy, on-the-go old person. I think it makes sense to say that accomplishing that goal depends a lot on the investments I make towards it now. I’ve preached about the organic, vegetarian diet on here before, so I don’t need to go into that again. And yes, I will always have a sweet tooth and a baking addiction, but moderation is the key.
I’ve kind of gotten over drinking on this trip. I think an occasional, special-occasion, in-moderation drinker is what I would like to be. I’m just getting too old for the college-type shenanigans! The less I drink, the healthier, happier, and more alert I feel. I’m sure this is a normal transition that most people go through, otherwise there would be a lot more 40-year-old running around doing kegstands. But still I read what I’ve written and think, “Oh my gosh I’m becoming a lame old lady!” C’est la vie.
Also, all the hiking, pack-carrying, and occasional surfing we’ve done here has gotten me into better shape than I’ve ever been in. I’ve still got a spare tire but I am stronger than I’ve ever been in my life. And it feels great! What sucks is that with our return to Ohio looming, I’m already missing all the awesome hikes, mountains, beaches, and activities available here. I really want to maintain, and hopefully improve, my fitness level once we get home. It’s going to be hard in Ohio, because I’m not a big fan of running, and gym workouts are just so boring compared to mountain climbing! Our time in Ohio will be brief, however, and I’m committed to finding ways to stay moving somehow. Once we head west again, fitness can become a lot more fun.
Because I love lists so much, I came up with a new goal list of all the “physical challenge”-type activities I would like to accomplish in my life. This will probably get added to a lot as I think of new things. Not all of them are super-physical, some are just outdoorsy activities. Hopefully I can check one or two within a year of getting home. These are the things that get me excited and motivate me to work out hard (well, other than wearing a wedding dress next summer)!
Physical Challenge Life List
1. Master surfing
2. Master rock-climbing
3. Master snow-boarding
4. Climb Cotopaxi (Ecuador)
5. Climb Mt. Whitney (California)
6. Climb Kilimanjaro (Tanzania)
7. Hike the Grand Canyon, to the river and back
8. Bungee jump at Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe/Zambia)
9. Ride in a hot air balloon
10. Really give yoga a try
11. Learn to swing dance
What do you think of my list? Way too ambitious or do-able? Has anyone else ever made a list like this?