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Wake up! What My Hiking Fall Taught Me

When we don’t listen to our inner voice, the Universe has its ways of reminding us to slow down and pay attention. Last week, I had a rude awakening on a hike that left me in shock, and with a few scrapes and bruises. Let me share with you the unexpected turn of events and the lessons I've gleaned from this experience.

It was a picture-perfect day, we’d seen the seal colony and I’d taken loads of photographs of the unique and stunning scenery. As we started on the return 6km walk back to our campsite, I felt good. Even though the walk was a 12km round, I was up for it and we set off.

However, in the blink of an eye, my leisurely hike turned into a tumble.

Without warning, I found myself heading face-first for the tar-sealed road. The lace from my left boot had somehow caught onto one of the speed hooks on my right boot, meaning my left leg didn’t move and instead tripped me up. Thankfully, even though I was dazed and in shock, I didn’t lose consciousness. My husband was with me, and with quick thinking, he flagged down a passing car and whisked me off to the emergency department only a few kilometres away.

The staff at the ED were incredibly attentive and caring. They cleaned up my wounds, ensured I was medically stable, and provided me with pain medication and an ice pack for the journey home. While the injuries were minor—a few scrapes, bruises, a sprained wrist, and a sore head—the experience left me shaken and in need of rest. I’m incredibly grateful that my injuries were not worse and that seemingly, my bones are strong.

This was our last day before travelling North to head home, but we did have to cut our trip short by a couple of days. Now, I find myself recuperating at home, reflecting on the events of the past few days and the lessons they've taught me.

In hindsight, I believe this mishap served as a wake-up call—a gentle nudge from the universe to pay attention and realign with my true purpose. In recent months I've been feeling a sense of unease, a nagging feeling that I wasn't fully embracing my authentic self or pursuing the work that truly lights me up. I was holding back, playing it safe, and not allowing myself to step into my full potential.

As I rest and recover, I'm taking this time to listen to my inner voice, reassess my priorities, and recommit to living life on my own terms. While the seals and scenery were undoubtedly beautiful, it's the unexpected lesson learned from a hiking mishap that will stay with me for years to come.

So, here's to embracing life's curveballs, finding meaning in the unexpected, and always staying true to ourselves. After all, it's often in the moments of adversity that we discover our greatest strengths and deepest truths.

With love,

Kathryn x


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