This trip was meaning more to me than to most others. I had been to Alaska 12 years ago for my 8th grade year. On my trip I ended up getting injured and had to sit on the sidelines for some of the activities. I was blessed with the chance to redo all the things I missed 12 years ago.
I realized on this trip that I am not the same as 12 years ago. I remembered hiking up Mount Healy from when I was in 8th grade. I remembered it being so easy and enjoyable. This year, my calves burned the entire way, and I needed to take a lot of water breaks.Â All of the kids were encouraging me the entire way to make sure I finished. Finally, I made it up to the top and couldnâ€™t have been happier. I did it again, and got more out of it because it was a huge challenge.
A different 10k was run this year instead of the one from my 8th grade year. When I â€œranâ€ it before, I walked the entire thing and was the last person to cross the finish line (mostly because of my injury). This 10k I pushed myself and ran as much as I could (which amounted to 2.5 miles, but Iâ€™m still proud of it!).
By now youâ€™re probably wondering where Iâ€™m going with all this. Youâ€™re probably wondering where the â€œreflectionâ€ part is in all this and what Iâ€™ve learned from this trip. Well, hereâ€™s what Alaska has taught me. It has taught me to challenge myself as much as possible, whether itâ€™s hiking up a mountain or just going for a run. Alaska has also taught me to keep things in my memory. I was blessed to have the opportunity to compare how things were before to how things are now. Alaska has also taught me to have faith in others. Without other people encouraging me, I wouldnâ€™t have made it to the top of a mountain.
I am very happy to have made it to Alaska twice in my life so far, and I know I will come back to Alaska again someday.