I’ve gotten into this habit of sleeping in. On average I’ll get up at 1 in the afternoon, which isn’t horrible considering I work till midnight, and typically go to bed around 3-4 am. But it’s hard to motivate myself to change things when I sleep half the day away. So yesterday, after waking up at 1 pm, I challenged myself to make the best of the day anyways.
I decided to go hike Caps Split, and started my hike at around 6 pm. About an hour in, I had that feeling that I should turn around. But I fought it, and told myself I had to make the most of the day. I got to the end, and saw a gorgeous sunset.
But then the sun completely vanished. I walked two hours in the dark without a flashlight. Every stump looked like an animal waiting to attack me, every reflective mile-marker looked like a set of eyes. My heart raced the entire time. Although nothing happened, I put myself in a bad situation.
I could have been attacked, I could of twisted my ankle, I could have had to spend the night in the forest. I can’t even begin to explain how happy I was to get to the end of the trail. Two hours in the dark by yourself sucks.
The lesson here? I need to stop sleeping in, and beating myself up when I have days where I do nothing. Also, to always bring a flashlight.
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