Wondering Wanderer

Week Notes Vol 4

May 29, 2019

I’ve been thinking a lot about fear, failure, taking responsibility and finding ways to overcome challenges this week. There’s this quote by Elenor Roosevelt that really resonates with me:

You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’

There’s been a fair share of crap that has landed on my way and I have learned over the years to handle it - having a professional to make sense of it has helped tremendously. It’s one of the reasons why I took mental first aid class earlier this year as well. Then there are other parts - such as dealing with financial and physical challenges. What seems to work for me is making a plan, chipping away at small bits that I know I can achieve and face. Or if they are so unpleasant that I tend to procrastinate doing it, setting myself a timer for it. Pretty much anything can be bearable in 20 minute chunks.

Reading

Learning

  • Finally! One more assignment and I will be done with Getting Started with Go right on time for the onsite Golang training.

Worthwhile to read:

Travel/Adventures

  • Had an epic trip to Nevada and Arizona over the long weekend - camping near Jacob lake before completing our Grand Canyon R2R adventure! I usually sleep pretty poorly in the tent but the night after the hike I was dead to the world for solid 6 hours. That is an achievement in itself. Now the question is where shall our group of crazy adventurous Estonians head to next? The possibilities are endless!

Lessons learned

  • I took the fear assessment test and I am not at all surprised by the results. What is surprising though is how your fear archetype can change over the years. It has prompted me to examine my fears, where do they stemp for and how to be more aware of my reactions because of fear.
  • I can walk 24 miles in a day with close to 10k elevation change and not be sore the next day. I expected some blisters and stiff muscles but everything worked out much better than I had hoped for. Not bad for someone with a hip labral tear. I’m hoping it will be a long time before I need surgical inerverntion for it. Take that, dr. Whatsyourname!

Katrin Valdre

Written by Katrin Valdre who has a permanent address in Portland, OR but does not believe in one physical location. You should follow her on Twitter