Return Of The Hiker

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Life always seems to get in the way. Career, exercise, studying? Hobbies take a step back when you get caught up with the ‘important’ things in life and soon you find months passing by before you start investing in yourself again. Whether you just got home from work and find it’s easier to wind down with Netflix, or the weekend rolls around and all you want to do is sleep-in. It’s instant comfort, and even activities you enjoy can seem like too much effort. I’m definitely guilty of taking the lazy way out on occasion which is totally natural. It only becomes a problem when your occasional do-nothing day turns into long periods of time where you’re not actively putting any effort into your interests.

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For the past few months, some of my hobbies have fallen to the wayside and I’ve finally gotten back into the rhythm of actively making time for them. Yes, there were weekends were I was extremely busy whether it was my social life calling or just a series of errands that had to be done. But there was also time during the week which I could have spent more productively rather than just napping. It feels good to be back on the horse now and since I’ve made habits out of my hobbies, it’s easier to keep on track. I’ve incorporated short yoga sessions into my daily routine and I’ve been perfecting dance choreographies for the past couple of weeks. Some of the things that I can’t do everyday are a little harder to focus on, but to-do lists are good motivators – there’s nothing quite like having an empty to-do list at the end of the day.

One item that took longer than expected was hiking. Between buys weekends, Australia’s hot and cold weather, as well as a little bit of laziness, months had passed since my last foray into nature. Luckily with some stubbornness to get out and about, and some help from my hiking buddy, I finally got out of bed and into a National Park. Ku-Ring-Gai Chase National Park to be precise. We opted for a 10km loop starting at the Sphinx Memorial and walking past Bobbin Head. Half of the track is essentially a fire trail, but once you’ve made it to Bobbin Head the forest closes in around you. We were lucky enough to spot a wandering wallaby on our way through the bloodwoods and gum trees, while the lower part of the track was home to scuttling crabs. Most importantly, now that I’ve completed my first hike of 2019, it’s time to keep the habit going.

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In a perfect world, I’d love to see myself going out hiking every week, updating the ‘gram with all my #WeekendWarrior photos. Realistically, I’m aiming for some National Park action every 2 to 3 weeks depending on what life throws at me. Now that I’m in the habit of actively making time for my interests, it’ll definitely be easier to keep my streak going, but I just have to make sure I stay on track. I have a long list of places I want to visit, so 2019 seems like a good year to tick a few more boxes.

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