Greetings friends and fellow survivors. I had a fabulous weekend. The weather is finally cooling off here in Colorado and on Saturday my husband and I joined 400 other TBI survivors and their supports in a very challenging hike/climb up Pike’s Peak. This is an annual fundraiser for Brain Injury Alliance of Colorado and helps funds their programs and events that benefit BI survivors throughout the year. While Peter and I did not summit, we had a wonderful yet grueling day. Got up at 3:30 am (admittedly not my best time of day) and drove down to the trail head in Manitou Springs. We were geared up and on the trail by 5:30. Saw a lovely sunrise and kept walking. A lot of UP. I mean A LOT OF UP. We made it to just 2 miles short of the check in camp and knew we were not going to make it before the time cut off to summit. We made the smart executive decision to turn around and head back down. I was fine with that. Like my recovery, it is the journey, not the destination. I pushed myself beyond anything I have done since my accident (3 years ago next week), was able to raise money for a cause near and dear to my heart. I felt fulfilled and joyous. I must admit I was awful glad to finally sit down and take off my boots.
Sunday was a wonderful Meet Up group (Alternative Recovery Support) and I stayed focused for my members and each one had a heartfelt experience with my horses. I had never scheduled a group event the day after such a difficult physical day, but I am so proud of myself for trusting that I could do it and for actually making it happen.
So don’t be afraid to push beyond your (perceived) limits. Challenge yourself. And even if the outcome is not quite what you expected, be proud that you tried. Go to sleep with a smile on your face and in the morning…Begin Again.
I am a TBI THRIVOR!