The Drive for Caring and Challege, Feeling Alive

While I was in Yosemite last week, I had some downtime.  I brought the book, The Charge, with me.  It seems that I’m always in a hurry lately and I don’t spend enough time reading like I used to. It was my first time camping and I had a ton of apprehension about the trip.  It takes a lot for me to unwind and let my Type-A personality relax.  Because everyone else was sitting around the campfire reading, I thought that I should join in.

Yosemite 2012

The premise of the book is about “activating the 10 human drives that make you feel alive”.

Two of the 10 Human Drives mentioned in the book, really stuck out to me and my current status: The Drive for Caring and The Drive for Challenge.

The Drive for Caring

When one thinks about caring, you automatically think about caring for others.  In this instance, I’m talking about caring for myself.  I currently have a little motto, “you have to care for yourself first, because no one else will”.  It is my choice to be healthy, exercise, and take care of myself.  Nobody can do that for me.  For the past few years, I’ve let stress and other things take over my life.  I used to be more physically fit, but any free time that I had to work out was taken over by exhaustion.

By doing a 5K run in March, I realized how out of shape I was.  It was embarrassing. I hadn’t run that slow in a long time. I immediately decided to start running more and to set some goals.  My first set of goals was to improve my running paces, which I’m still working on.  Lately, I’ve been averaging four miles every time I run.  There was no way that I could do that a few months ago.

Because of my running, I have found a whole new community of people to talk to.  I talk and interact with other runners through social media. We talk about races, our pace times, goals, and current topics in running.  At least all of the time that I spend on the computer applies to some kind of physical fitness. Even if it means researching physical fitness. That still counts right?

The Drive for Challenge

I am not really a risk taker.  I usually am pretty conservative about doing things in life.  Going on a camping trip was way out of my comfort zone and going hiking while I was there was just an extra step.

Staying in Yosemite provides lots of adventures for exploring the outdoors.  There a several day hikes that you can do while you are there.  There is a shuttle that drops you off at different points along the valley, which is usually the beginning to a hike.  All of the hikes are rated by the distance, and how strenuous they are.  Before this camping trip, I was not much of a hiker, and either was Angry Kid.  With fourteen people in our group, we had some kind of excursion/hike planned every day.  I really didn’t consider the option of not going on the hike.  I also didn’t give Angry Kid the choice. I’m such a mean parent.  While I was hiking, I just took it all in. The area was beautiful, and the views were breathtaking.  It isn’t everyday that I hike a waterfall.

Going on these tough hikes was quite a challenge for me, because my legs were not trained for hiking.  Sure, I’ve been running a lot lately, but there aren’t that many hills near my house.  My calves were a tad bit sore the entire time that we were on vacation.  And the kid, no complaints from him.  He even did a 6-mile hike one day.  At the end of the trip, I asked Angry Kid if he was going to go on some longer hikes next year, he replied, “Yes”.  I also plan to go on longer hikes next year, but first, I will train a bit.

My next challenge is running a 1/2 Marathon.  I’ve been training for a few months, and my race is in October.  Wish me luck!

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