I’ve done my fair share of hiking over the years. And the thing that sticks out the most is when the activity that I have chosen to do “isn’t fun anymore.”
When things turn south, we look to escape. Our focus is no longer on the air we are breathing, the mountain views, or being outside with friends, but rather, how do we get back to the car as quickly as we can?
The trick that I have learned over the years is to remind myself this soon will all be over and you’ll be back at home wishing you were out there in the wild again. Soak in the moment because the next one will be here before you know it.
Don’t wish for the suffering to end, revel in it.