When Everything Feels Like An Uphill Struggle, Just Think Of The View From The Top
The one thing I learned this summer is that sometimes life throws a game changing curve ball you can’t avoid nor ignore. You just have to take the hit and make some changes.
June ended with the satisfying slamming of my physics book as I completed my physics sequence and briefly prayed for an acceptable grade. After 6 weeks of either studying Physics or working in a research lab, an exhausting day of traversing Washington, D.C. was definitely welcome.
Walking from the Holocaust museum to Georgetown cupcakes and back to the Lincoln memorial, with a slight detour to Chinatown for dinner, resulted in the best night’s sleep I remember. The day was beautifully sunny but not burning hot and the cupcakes made the perfect energy boosters. I am generally extremely picky about icing and can confidently say Georgetown Cupcakes icing was as delicious as possible. It was light, creamy, and had the perfect sweetness. The cupcake on the right was called Marble Brownie Fudge Cheesecake! Nothing I can say can do it justice. Suffice to say, the six miles we walked that day were possible only because of these cupcakes.
Planning a hike the day after our DC marathon was not the best idea in hindsight. We woke up that day with stiff aching muscles glued to the bed. After much deliberation, we decided to just start driving and hope we felt more like hiking when we reached the location (Sharp Top Mountain was in Virginia and a 5-6 hours drive). Since we arrived at the hiking site a little later than expected, due to horrendous traffic, it did not appear advisable to hike that day. However, this was the only chance we would get at this particular trail so we cheated a little and took a bus 2/3 of the way up! While it was not as satisfying as hiking the entire way, the view at the top made everything better…until we saw the bugs!!! The lack of annoying flying things on the way up (at least the part we hiked) gave us no indication of the crazy amount of bugs (that all fly and buzz) at the top. So, our stay on top of Sharp top mountain was considerably shortened to just the time required to take pictures. Afterwards, we opted to hike down by ourselves, almost got lost, almost fell multiple times, became desperate for other human voices, and ended the day with a twisted ankle (luckily not me!!) It was amazing and definitely worth it. I am new to hiking but the more I experience it, the better it gets! I only wish I had friends who liked hiking as well, so I don’t have to wait for the one time a year I meet my cousin.
A lot of not-so-good things have happened after these two days and I am glad I can at least have one good memory of this summer! As Doctor Who says “Every life is a pile of good things and bad things. The good things don’t always soften the bad things, but vice versa the bad things don’t always spoil the good things and make them unimportant”. All we can do is add as much as possible to our pile of good things because that’s what we’ll remember the most in 20 years.
I would love to hear about what you guys added to your pile of good things this summer. Please comment below!!