I used to be a runner and I had goals to complete 1000 race miles before turning 50. My passion for running started when I was 43, running became my world. After a year of injuries in 2015, I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis my world would change forever. My blog is not to seek sympathy, it's about my new journey to shift my goals and reshape my life. Without having big goals and dreams it's easy to just make excuses. Shift your life, shape your life, and Be_again!
I could have said happy New Year right? As January 1st, 2017 approached, I took some time to think of a New Year’s resolution, only to think, why do I need one? Shouldn’t every day be one of consistent, personal and spiritual growth? Why do I need to wait for that one day to announce it to the world, in hopes that God, the Universe, or whomever takes the request when the ball drops in Times Square? Well let me reflect back on 2016 for a minute, maybe I’m missing something?
Ok, last year I was diagnosed with PsA. However, I finally found out why I was feeling so bad. I had to give up recreational drinking (to put it lightly). Now I’m feeling amazing. My running addiction had ended, cold turkey, only to find that my hiking addiction was a beautiful replacement. I learned that my biggest fear is opportunity. And knowing your faults is half the battle. Hum, what else…
First Hike of 2017 – January 1st
I traveled to Poland, Germany & Czech Republic on my own, and scared, without knowing a lick of the language, only to meet some amazing people along the way. I suffered a self imposed OCD panic attack and screamed sanctuary from the trails of Sedona. As I looked at all the rocks scattered randomly on the trail, I realized that you don’t have to be perfect to be successful. I tackled a fear of heights and failure, head on, to take opportunities of “the shoulds”. I learned that I still have a lot to strive for, and that everyday is a gift.
So all in all, I’d say that 2016 was a successful year and none of these life experiences were derived from a New Year’s resolution. 2017? I say bring it on and I’ll learn to shift and shape my opportunities again…BE_open!
I'm just an average guy blessed with a great wife, awesome family, and some true friends. Just trying to shift and shape myself through this thing called life to find my true inner peace...Come hike with me and we'll get lost so that we can find ourselves.
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