The word relaxing may not be a reliable description of what Ben and I’s vacations are like. They are more of a physically demanding experience, which I love.
We recently went to hike the Teton Crest Trail in Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming and we met THE most interesting person on Earth. If I had a Mary Poppins bag, I would have pulled out a trophy and engraved it with his name and new title.
His name is JR, a New Yorker. He was hiking the 40+ mile trail by himself. He has been to over 70 countries, most of them on his own. Using two three-week travel vacations a year, JR explores and hikes in different areas of the US or the world.
Did I mention he was 72 years old? Based off your dropped jaw, I did not.
JR looks decades younger than his real age and is in incredible shape. We chatted quite a bit during during the journey he shared with us but one thing he mentioned is how important it is to just keep moving.
It’s really incredible to see what a human body can do. We tend to only realize the power of the human body when it survives a terrible calamity or sickness.
But do we really understand the other side of that spectrum, which is, how incredible our bodies are when they are at their best?
Our eating and exercising habits NOW will determine what our bodies are capable of now but, more importantly, in the future decades.
[ Please remind me of this when I’m eating cheesecake on a rough day 😉 ]
We all need reminders that we are capable of reaching the metaphorical or actual mountain we decide to climb– JR was definitely mine.