On September 24th, known as Heritage/braai-day to South Africans. The general population celebrates this public holiday by making a fire and enjoying delicious Braai meat as well as engaging in various cultural and traditional entertainment activities.
As for me I found myself covered and surrounded by the beauty of nature . Here in the mother city the heart of Cape Town and on one of the seven wonders of the world, Table Mountain.
Each year we as a church community dedicate 25km as a pilgrimage and as a sign of love/gift to God. We travel from shrine to shrine which is 25Km apart. This is considered to be a hike….. which is literally the entire Table mountain .
My previous experience of the shrine to shrine:
It’s difficult being patient or even having a sense of endurance when you do not know where you are heading. My very first experience was a tormenting and frustrating one . My entire body was affected. I had blisters for days with stiff muscles and a painful body. I could Bearley walk or even move afterwards. The feeling was very exhausting.
It was this feeling that moved me to improve and develop my fitness level! I made sure that I was committed and consistent with my training…. I attend various physical activities and I am glad to say that I am 8 Kg lighter!
This year I had plenty of energy and treasured every step I took . My heart was beating faster and the sun heated up as the day continued. The hills were high , the rocks were unstable and the thar was as hot as hell. Surprisingly I was not complaining instead I was captivated by the beauty of nature and humor of a friend , it was this that motivated and kept me from negative thoughts. Not only did I see it as a fitness challenge but as and opportunity to bond with my best friend and fellow parishioners .
If you are considering a staineous hike .
Here are some tips:
1. Do not over pack your bag.
2. Ensure that you have liquids, water is vital .
3. Protect yourself against the UV rays, sun screen and shades!
4. Think positive
5 . Have a optimistic friend.
6. Make sure you consume protein, it helps your body function properly as well as help repair your muscle.
7. FOCUS ON NATURE!
Lessons in disguise:
1.You are capable if you believe you are.
2. Giving up is never a option.
3.The rewards are greater if you push harder.
4.You are stronger than you thought you were.
I would encourage you to challenge yourself and if you do find yourself in Cape Town, I suggest you start or try out the various hiking trails such as Lions Head, Devils Peak , slangkop and Kristen bosch . To find these locations you can make use of Google maps and GPRS systems. These hiking trails are adventurous and filled with site seeing , it is approximately less than 4 hours each . They are safe but I would advise you to do it with a group and not individually.
Love and light♡
Where there is a will there’s a way. ♡