I recently had the pleasure of watching A Walk in the Woods, and I loved it. What I think I love most is that this guy, Bryson, had an idea one day, and just made it happen! Stepping up is the difference between those who are successful, and those who just dream.
In case you don't know the plot line, Bryson is a middle aged guy who gets an idea one day to hike the Appalachian trail. His wife reluctantly agrees to let him, provided he can find a partner. He calls everyone he knows, and finally a guy (Stephen Katz) that he doesn't even call because he is such a mess gets wind of what he is doing, and calls him and volunteers to go with him. Both men are far from being in good physical condition, neither have done much hiking, yet they set off and get 800 miles up the trail! The story pokes fun at these guys with things like showing them try to run away from an annoying hiker only to find that she is catching them at her regular hiking pace.
The reason I love this so much is that these guys who had no prior training and were out of shape hiked 800 MILES through extreme terrain! How many of us could say that we've done something like that? This just goes to show you how effective showing up and stepping up can be. Maybe if these guys had taken a little longer to power up by doing their research and getting a little more into shape, they might have even finished the trail, but then again they might never have gotten around to hiking the trail at all! At the end, they congratulate each other on hiking the Appalachian trail, and I have to agree that they accomplished their goal even though they didn't technically reach the end of the trail. Sometimes you just have to put your ideas into motion and adjust from there.
My challenge to you is to get started down your trail today. Step up, and get moving. So what if you don't win the race, hit the final goal, or make the deadline? There will be two dates on your headstone, the start date, and the end date of your journey. That little dash in between is the journey. Learn to enjoy the journey, and take the first step! You'll never know where you might end up if you chase your dreams, but I can guarantee if you never take the first step, you will not catch them!
What A Walk in the Woods Can Teach All of Us Reviewed by Don Smith on 10:48:00 AM Rating: