Dealing with expectations when hiking

Expectations comes in many forms – some of them are our own, in our backpack – other expectations are from those around us

Dealing with expectations – yours or others

Text and drawing by Frits Ahlefeldt.

We all set goals and start out in the direction to reach them, but then things often start to get complicated. Our own expectations to what we can accomplish, how far we can walk, how it will feel, and so on… All get mixed up with the expectation others have and gets to us, depending on our relationship to them

Drawing of a hiking girl with a huge backpack with the word "expectations" written on it. And a guy offering her a ride in a fancy car, with the word expectations written on it. Illustration by Frits Ahlefeldt
Two kinds of expectations

Working to understand expectations here – and its kind of complicated.

At least three ways to deal with expectations

So far it seems to me there are at least three ways to deal with expectations along the trail:

One: Walking the tough path with all your own expectations in place on your back…

Two: Dropping out…

Or the third option… Making your load and backpack lighter as you move along the trail and learn more what you need and what is possible.

Keywords: Hiking, ambition, strategy, hiker girl, backpack, psychology, relationships, motivation, crises, landscapeofunderstanding, outdoors, story by Frits Ahlefeldt. Drawing up how hiking can help us understand reality in new ways

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