1. I wanted to get fitter without using the gym
During Quarantine, I developed some really unhealthy habits—like fucking up my sleep schedule— and aggravated existing ones—like my internet addiction and eating crap.
So I wanted to build my body backup, but without going to the gym.
- Each day is different. Even hikes to the same spot instill unique memories, depending on the company, the weather, the mood, and so on. There's always more to see.
- You spend time in Nature (serotonin).
- There's just the right amount of danger and excitement
- There's no membership fees. hiking is (mostly) free. You just have to get there.
- You don't have to wait for your turn to use the eQuIPmEnT
- You're not boxed into a small crowded space on a regular basis with the same strangers.
- Enjoyment stems from the whole process, not just the results (the view at the top).
- It's harder to get distracted—there really isn't an equivalent to workout science, supplements, "the perfect routine", guys to compare yourself to, or beautiful hominids (rare occurrences but still).
- Don't get me wrong, I'm sure gyms are a better fit for some people, especially those heavily constrained by work, family responsibilities, geography, etc. Some people *like* routine, and maybe nothing hits the spot like admiring the epic pump you just built up in the mirror before going to work. And there aren't any bugs in gyms (usually).
- But personally, I can't tolerate the artificiality. I think going to the gym is the human equivalent of hamster wheels. I've tried twice, and both times I failed to make any significant progress. I knew that it's easier to build a physically demanding habit when it's something I actually enjoy (sports, primal activities🙂)
2. I wanted to experience memorable days
You know what scares me? Time flying by and having nothing to show for any of it. Hiking is one of the ways I want to fight this. My memories whenever I'd travel overseas would be livid, and one of the reasons is because of the new terrain— so hiking should stretch each moment and put me in flow.
3. I wanted to do things with people instead of just talking/texting
To connect with people, you need to do things, not talk to them. It's even more fun you're doing things to them, but I digress :)
I think talking is just a by-product of the experiences that you have-- usually, you're talking to communicate your experience or intents, but if you're not doing anything, if you're not sharing an experience, then what information are you going to exchange?
You're eventually going to run out of meaningful things to talk about. There's no shared suffering or achievement; no adrenaline. You're just talking. If it's by phone (which is most of it these days), what makes you different from the next person on their phone, or the next app? You'd just be a text bubble—just entertainment, not an actual person, and vice versa.
3. I want to completely destroy a limiting belief my dad accidentally instilled in me.
Whenever foreign relatives would visit us, my dad would say, "this island can be explored within a day". And I believed him: save for a few occasions, I've spent most of my time in Plaines Wilhems and the towns.
I hadn't seen anything and yet I thought that there was nothing here in Mauritius to actually see. Naturally, I started feeling suffocated and bored, and I wanted to leave as soon as I could, especially after quarantine.
That changed when I started hiking. Realizing the extent of my ignorance, I've decided to discover all the parts of Mauritius, and document the experience— something to share with other people if I do leave.
On August 1, I invited two of my friends to hike Candos Hill for the first time. Seeing the view after 30 minutes of climbing and the way everything seemed so insignificant... took a burden off my shoulders for some reason.
I loved the experience so much I went back five times that month. I also went to Le Pouce, and the epic view there really got me hooked.
I said to myself: You know what, I'm going to hike every single peak.
I'm going to see every single place here in Mauritius that I did not know about. I want to use the time I have left to create unique memories. I don't want my days to blend into each other. And so that's what I did.