The Hike that Opened My Eyes

Last Sunday my husband and I went for a hike at Torrey Pines Natural Reserve. It’s been almost five years since the last we were there for an unplanned hike. During that time, we originally planned on boogie boarding but it was overcast and really cold so we decided to go for a hike instead. That was my second time hiking in my life and again I was wearing flip-flops! ๐Ÿ˜€ My first hiking experience was at Diamond Head in Oahu several years ago in my flip-flops and bathing suit. Of course I was wearing a cover-up :D.

Anyway, I’m glad that it was an easy hike because I’m still a newbie at it. My hubby and I enjoyed the breathtaking panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and the sunset. It’s a family friendly trail and there were families with their little children having a great time. There were also group of teenagers as well as college students and it’s no surprise to see couples spending some quality time together as it is such a romantic place.

We first went to the Guy Fleming Trail then decided to hike down to the beach instead of going back to where we originally started from. I was a little worried at first because it was already dusk when we still had half a mile to go before we reach the beach then we have to walk another 3/4 mile to get to the parking lot. I couldn’t stop thinking about the unstable cliffs at Torrey Pines. When we finally reached the beach, I felt relieved to see other people and some even taking photographs just like me :). I think it took about 30-40 minutes walk along the shore before we got to our car. We didn’t know that both beach access stairs were being repaired so we had to walk farther until we found a better access to the parking lot because I did not feel safe climbing the rocks just to get to our car.

As I was looking through the photographs that I’ve taken while hiking, I couldn’t help but feel proud of myself because I’ve always wanted to hike that trail but was too afraid to do it because of my fear of heights and that it might be too difficult for me. But I realized that when I was actually there hiking, the only thing that I kept thinking about was reaching the beach. I was so focused on accomplishing that goal and I didn’t care what else was in the way, I just need to get there! So that got me thinking about my goals in life right now. There are things that I’ve been wanting to do but I was more worried about the “buts”, “ifs” and “maybes” that I end up constantly thinking about the steps I need to do instead of actually doing it. I became my worst enemy because I kept finding reasons to discourage myself from pushing forward. I let my fear and doubt took over before I even took the first step but that Sunday hike opened my eyes to many things (also a bucket list check :D). I found the courage that I’ve been looking for and it made me believe in myself again and the possibilities that I should be looking forward to. It’s funny because I always encouraged others to believe in themselves but for this particular goal that I’ve been wanting to pursue, I always doubted myself and yet it’s been sitting in the back of my head for so many years. I could not shake it off. I’m an optimistic person for the most part but that’s the one thing that makes me question myself. But I am putting a stop to that! I am going to push forward and make that dream a reality. No more “buts”, “ifs” or “maybes”. I’m replacing all that with I WILL and I CAN. I am tired of wondering what could happen. I am going to make it happen and if it doesn’t turn out the way I imagined that it would, at least I know I did my best and I won’t be left wondering of what might have been.

Here are some images I snapped with my ever trusted SGS3 while hiking. ๐Ÿ˜€


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