Don’t Date a Girl Who Treks

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Drakensberg in South Africa.

(as published on Dave’s Travel Corner, Huffington Post, WHOA MAG and Women Who Explore; featured via BestHike.com)

She’s the girl with the uneven tanned body

Scorched skin from the rays of the sun from trekking the high passes.

She’s the girl with the high cut boots

And a pair of trekking poles that she depends her life on

She’s the girl who catches the sunrise and sunset

For either of them will suit her just fine.

Don’t date a girl who treks

For this means you wake up at some ungodly hour

and race your feet to the tops of the mountains.

God forbid if she misses the sun’s spectacle

You’ll see her purse her lips in utter disappointment

But fear not

Because as soon as she sees the majestic peaks before her eyes

She will smile again in no time

She’s the girl who knows her summits’ names

And their heights from sea level

Her favorite numbers are those that begin at 3000 and above

In meters to be exact

Don’t date a girl who treks

She will ask you where you are from

And feels a bit torn when you come from a place closer to sea level rather than a range

Don’t date a girl who treks

Because she will not want you to wine and dine her

But rather would desire more of your time

As she would have you hike with her in the middle of nowhere

All day and all night.

Don’t date a girl who treks

Her heart is already taken

By those named Himalayas, Andes, and Alps

Unless you are willing to join in her pursuits of them

Don’t date a girl who treks

She’s armed with gear you have not even heard of

Like her spot or go girl

And you must be curious to see how she uses them

Don’t date a girl who treks

She has her battle scars called blisters that she wouldn’t want you to notice

When strolling in flip flops on a beach

Don’t date a girl who treks

She will bask in the wilderness without a bed

Eating dehydrated food and trail bars

Find you appealing only when you can brave no shower for days

Don’t date a girl who treks

For her soul is already full

Of memories of peaks and summits

Really, you’re just there to take a photo of her on top of one

Don’t date a girl who treks

For her longing for mountains is constant

And you will hear an earful of it all the time

Don’t date a girl who treks

She loves to be present in the moment

Rushing is for the city life

While allowing time to pass by slowly reminds her of that freedom

Don’t date a girl who treks

For there will be no wild parties or hang overs

Just a meditative moment in the woods

Don’t date a girl who treks

She will eventually go off the beaten path

And you will have to be there to save her

In times when she needs a helping hand

Don’t date a girl who treks

For her sense of direction is via a trail map

Place her in a city and she’s lost

And you’ll be stranded in no time

Don’t date a girl who treks

For she lives life to the fullest

If you cannot catch up to her when she flies

Then don’t think she’d even shed a single tear

If you tell her goodbye

Don’t date a girl who treks

She will go exploring on her own when her heart so desires

And will only return to you when she finally misses you

Don’t date a girl who treks

She finds beauty in any situation

Even when the rain is pouring or the wind blowing too strong

Don’t date a girl who treks

For she finds purpose in hiking the tallest peaks

Even if it means risking her health

Or risking her life

Don’t date a girl who treks

For her creativity can take you to far off places that you never imagined wanting to go

In taking risks she finds a sense of aliveness

Be prepared to match her fearlessness

Don’t date a girl who treks

For beyond the layer of toughness

There is a heart full of love and longing

For someone like you to cross her path

To share her adventures with

And if you’re lucky enough to date a girl who treks

She will have you join in her world of trekking

You will marry the mountains like she did

And in  return

Her loving you is as honest as her passion for trekking

Your relationship will be treated as  holy as a pilgrim’s kora

She embraces challenges like it’s another summit to overcome

And every single day you will savor the sunrises and sunsets like they were your last

She will challenge your limits only to become better each day.

Don’t date a girl who treks

For she will make you live and appreciate an irregular life

And fill it with so much magic that you will never ever want to walk off trail without her by your side

By Brown Gal Trekker

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*Dedicated to all solo (or otherwise) female trekkers of the world. *

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Summiting Mt. Whitney in USA.

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Finding Yourself in Travels

When you get enough time on the road by yourself, you get to treat yourself to daydreaming, fantasizing, self-introspection, and most importantly, pondering life’s toughest questions.

And, here are some of the ideas, epiphanies and lessons that came by my way in a very random order.  The list will keep growing as time goes.

– Once upon a time my goal was to get married.  Now, my goal is to be happy. I raised the standard.
– I’d rather see you rise and shine when you’re most afraid than when you are at your bravest moment.
– Our lives are defined by moments, not people.  That’s why you should never take people’s words or actions personally.  Neither should you get 100% attached to someone.
– It’s good to know if you’re afraid of love.  It’s better to know the reason why. But then it’s Friday, I’m in love and I have no reason for that.
– Love is blind oftentimes; self-love is there to give you eyesight.
– I’d rather be imperfect and be loved as opposed to being perfect without love.
– Never lose two things when you get into a new romance: yourself and your friends, as they will save you when your new romance ends.
– I don’t go for the fastest, the highest or the hardest.  I go where my heart is moved the most for it’s how we felt at the moment, not what we accomplished, that will live with us for the rest of our lives.
– We can make a choice to turn our lives into an adventure.  The starting point is to find the inspiration to do so.
– We are all waiting for something or someone.  Don’t let the waiting period drag you down.  It’s the suffering that makes the prize much sweeter.
– There is no better gift to your romantic partner than loving yourself first.
– The more you master letting go and saying goodbye, the easier it is to open your heart to others and experience each moment with a fellow human wholeheartedly.  So, don’t fear saying goodbye even if it requires shedding tears and feeling enormous pain.
– People come and go as you turn the chapters of your life.  Staying permanently is merely an option so be grateful if some do stick around.
– We attract what we put out there.  Hence, keep your soul beautiful.
– Ego is the worse motivation for any endeavor.
– A fellow human is a tool for personal growth.  Use him to learn but never force him to be someone he’s not.
– Find a partner who complements and inspires you; not one that simply fills the void.  Filling the void is your job, not his/hers.
– A person’s character is the cornerstone of real beauty.
– Happiness comes easy when you remind yourself of the good things you have in life.
– Living is a privilege, not an entitlement.
– Find “your” peeps and never let them go.
– I don’t aim for perfection; I’d rather aim to learn.
– Get rid of expectations as best as you can so you can see more of what a person is truly made of.
– My spirit died once, but never again.
– Some humans enter our lives temporarily to show a reflection of ourselves at that very moment in time.  Don’t ever pass up that opportunity to glance at the mirror to see how your soul is doing.
– The biggest experiment is yourself.  You dissect it, analyze it, mold it, change it and in the end hopefully you come up with a better theory of what you’re about.
– It’s relevant in life to learn to respect boundaries, be it physical or emotional in nature for oftentimes lack of boundary can ruin significant personal ties.
– I would prefer to be alone than feel lonely with a significant other.
– Jealousy is the greatest form of flattery.  That means you’re doing something right.
– Don’t base my courage on the amount and frequency of my tears; but rather pay attention to the number of times I keep moving forward and making something magical out of an experience that is so extraordinarily painful.
– I haven’t given up on love.  It’s just that a goodhearted man who has found true love with himself is a rare kind of soul.
– You don’t dive into a relationship to change each other.  You enter a relationship because all the work has already been done by both parties to be the best versions of themselves.
– Indeed, my parents taught me significant life lessons, both good and bad, but I take it from here how I define my own happiness.
– We long for adventures because they fill our soul with meaning through lessons we learn along the way.
– Traveling is timeless, be it in the physical, emotional and mental sense.  Even with limited physical capacity in my old age, I will easily revisit the places I’ve been through so-called memories just to find myself falling in love with them all over again

PART 2

-There is no such thing as a goodbye; just a flow of life so there is always something gained, not lost.

 

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