Have you ever hiked in the snow? Hiked through the mountains in the snow? Snow that isn’t deep enough for snowshoes; snow that has melted and then froze over again? It’s honestly not an easy feat. Especially when your snow boots don’t have enough traction.
This past Saturday I went hiking with my aunt and uncle. It was a ton of fun, but also a challenge. It wasn’t a very strenuous hike. But, when you add in ice and snow, it can become a tad difficult.
This hike reminded me of life more than any other hike ever has. Life has its ups, life has its downs and then every now and then you hit a slippery slope that really drags you onto your ass. But what makes life, and the hike, so beautiful is learning from the journey, your mistakes and carrying on.
Since Cheaper by The Dozen 2 was released eleven years ago, the line that has always stuck with me is, “Chin up, charge the mountain.” I cannot tell you how many countless times this quote has come in handy. Ask anyone that’s close to me, this quote is always in my arsenal for me and my loved ones for all moments that are necessary.
I’ve learned that there is going to be mountains set in front of you every moment of your life. What truly matters is how you prepare yourself in climbing the mountains you face. Will you have the correct footwear, clothes, food, water and map to get you to your destination? I know I will. After you’re prepared, make sure you enjoy your adventure. Take a second on your climb to stop and look around. You’ll see views, and life, in a whole new light.
So the next time you’ve slipped and fallen in life and your mountain is looking larger than ever, remember that you’re not alone and to always “Chin up, charge the mountain.”