Walk the walk

I just recently recalled that ten years ago, I was on my walk from Nebraska to West Virginia.  It’s not something I ever need to do again, or something I would particularly recommend that anyone else do, but I’m glad I did it once.

Several times in my life, I had wanted to take a long trip by myself, for reasons I didn’t fully understand. Part of it was the need to get away from the constant pressure to do something. Part of it was the need to set a challenging  but doable goal of my own choice and finish it. Part of it was that I was tired of always zooming by places at speed, and wanted to really see the country.  Part of it was the constant mostly silent disapproval of my choices in life by others around me, and I wanted more independence.

The most valuable thing I learned from that trip is, persistence. One step at a time, one mile at a time, one day at a time.  Easy or hard, uphill or down, hot or cold, wet or dry, exciting or boring, rested or tired,  like it or no …add them all together, keep doing, and eventually, you reach your goal.  Dreaming grand dreams is one thing, but doing the work to bring them into reality is something else.

 

It was something I hadn’t quite understood before, and I don’t think I could have. I had to  walk the walk first.

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