This I Believe

Jonathan - Des Plaines, Illinois
Entered on January 8, 2008
Age Group: Under 18

This I Believe

If you want to succeed you just have to push yourself. I’ve done many things in my sixteen years most of them high adventure activities including rock climbing, boldering, camping, canoeing, hiking, backpacking, and others. They were all fun but a challenge and I just had to believe in myself so that I could do them. Like when you are hiking up a mountain you know that it is a long way away but you concentrate and focus on getting to the top you can if you really try. No matter how tired you are or what you are feeling you can make it to the top.

The one big time in my life I used this skill was in the summer of 2006. I went backpacking in New Mexico and before I started I knew it was going to be a real challenge. When we got started on the first day it was only four or five miles but even that first mile was hard with the heat and the elevation working against us. The next day it was a lot longer we had to hike with all are gear up steep elevations I just wanted to stop but I thought to myself that I could do it and finally I was able to get to camp and it felt really good.

About seven days into the hike we had to walk fourteen miles and we had to conserve water because we could not find anymore non contaminated water. That day I really just wanted to be in a comfortable bed and not have to hike anymore. We had to go up high elevations and some people in our group just could not go on so they stopped to rest at the bottom of the mountain. We stopped on the side of the mountain and we sat on the side of the trail to wait for some of our other group members to catch up. So we found a nice place to rest and I was thinking to myself I can make it the rest of the way. That is all I did at the top of that mountain is think to myself I can make it the rest of the way. When the others caught back up we started again and we were about four miles from our camp that we were assigned to that night. When we were about a half mile away from camp I just didn’t think I could go on. But I was able to hike the rest of the way by just really wanting to so I pushed my body a little more. We made it to our camp that night and I was much happier. When we finally got to base camp I thought back and knew the only reason I made it was because I really wanted to. So if you want to succeed at a goal you just have to really want to.