On top of this mountain, when a quick storm rolled in, I panicked. I was alone, without food or shelter, and running low on water. I had gone hiking on a whim and had not told anyone where I was going. I took a deep breath and decided to head down the mountain at a slightly quicker than leisurely pace. But a short time ago in human history, I would not have panicked. I would have been used to enduring the elements and weathering the storm. The anxiety that kicked in was my body’s natural response to a scary situation: the fight-or-flight response. But a wild human would not have that reaction to a mere thundershower. That response would be reserved for real, life-threatening danger. For many of us, our fight-or-flight response needs to be re-calibrated. Read my post about weathering the emotional storm here. And be well.
This hike is a short and rewarding one in Dummerston, VT. For more on hiking Vermont check out http://www.voga.org/hiking.htm