I realize it's been a while since I've written anything on the blog. It's been quite hectic since Covid forced everyone to adjust their way of life. The kids have been doing school at home, I've taken on more personal training clients and my schedule has had to adjust. I've been more present on our Instagram and YouTube, so if you haven't gone over there, do check it out! Our YouTube is growing and we surpassed our first goal of 100 subscribers not long ago! We also launched our Patreon and we are busy creating content for future patrons that isn't available on our other social media channels.
In many ways 2020 has been a wake up call. Things we have long wanted to do but either didn't have the time or the confidence, we decided to just put out there. Everyone has dreams, but how many of us actually act on them? If you aren't doing something every day to work toward your goals and dreams, they will never be realized. So one day we hope that Walks With Rama will grow into a community of people from around the globe who wish to learn more about the healing powers of nature and who will hopefully be inspired enough get out there and experience it for themselves.
Scotland & Dreams
If you've been following our Instagram and Youtube channels you know we are training for our first long distance hikes (yes, I said hikes) in Scotland next year. I will be hiking the West Highland Way and the Great Glen Way and we are documenting the preparation for this trip over on our YouTube channel in our Scotland Prep Series. You can follow along as we pick out gear, test it and train for hiking in an environment that is totally different from where we are used to hiking.
What makes our series different from the many others that are out there? For starters, I am not without responsibilities in my life. I am a mother, I am in my 40s and I am no stranger to the struggles and challenges that face women who dare to want to do something out of the norm. It is and never has been my way to be satisfied with sitting in one place my entire life and accepting that all I will ever be is someone's wife, mother etc. Not that there is anything wrong with that. It's just that many still believe that somehow women should be satisfied with traditional roles and if they pursue anything aside from that it is somehow selfish.
A large portion of women (mothers in particular) carry the emotional load of their entire families. Many suffer with depression and anxiety and have completely lost any sense of who they are as a person. This is not to say that men don't also suffer from depression and anxiety; I can only speak from my own experience as a woman and from experiences talking to friends and family (who are also women) who have shared similar feelings. Many of us keep these feelings to ourselves and keep pushing through the business of daily life, sometimes battling feelings of guilt about wanting more or perhaps being worried about being perceived as ungrateful for what we do have.
It is my hope that by being open about my experiences and that by sharing my journey I can inspire other women to take that first step toward following their own dreams. I want my children to remember me as someone who lived by example. They've spent far too many years watching me struggle with depression, anxiety, frustration and the like. I'd like them to see me become everything I was meant to be. I want them to see that it's never too late, you're never too old or too busy to pursue your passion.
So next year I intend to travel to Scotland and hike two of the country's long distance trails both to celebrate my birthday and to hopefully work through a lot of the things that I've struggled to process over the last several years. Some gifts you have to give yourself. I am hoping the trail will gift me the peace and clarity I've searched for the last several years.
I invite you to follow my journey as I navigate confidence issues (ha!), getting my body ready for hillwalking, preparing my family and follow a lifelong dream of backpacking across the pond. Lace up your boots, grab your pack and let's go!