Blog Post

Overcoming Challenges

April 09, 2015

Kris Drake, RN, CHPD
“The moment you turn a corner, you see another straight stretch ahead and there comes some further challenge to your ambition.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

This quote reminds me of my hike in the Grand Canyon last summer with 23 other women. We set out on our journey to hike the Grand Canyon, rim to rim, on Friday June 13, 2014. The last set of switchbacks on the trail seemed never-ending by the end of day. One day had a heat index of 125 degrees Fahrenheit. Just when we thought we were near the end of the trail, there would be another set. Our group made it to camp with only a few hours to sleep before waking up to begin our climb out of the canyon.

The next morning, upon awakening with aching muscles, I thought for a moment, “I don’t think I can hike out of here.” I prayed for a mule to come by and take me out, or a helicopter to pick me up – even if it cost $1,000! I shared this thought with my friend who encouragingly said “You are going to get out of here and on your own two feet.” She mixed me an electrolyte solution that I drank and then I began feeling better.

The nine mile hike out for my group was difficult as well. The heat continued and even with stopping for water and snack breaks, there were times when it seemed that our hike would never end. But, it did. I cannot explain the feeling of joy, relief, accomplishment that I felt all at the same time as I took my last step out and was greeted with hugs from those who had come out before me.

I share this experience to let you know that you can reach your goals and you can overcome any challenges that may be in the path of your success. Don’t let your moments of weakness or doubt keep you from accomplishing your dreams or marking something off your bucket list. The straight stretches and the switchbacks will end, and you will cross the finish line and have a sense of accomplishment like none other!