Matthew Kennedy: The following blog post was motivated by a picture I took of Joey during the previous day’s hike to the top of Mushroom Rock, just outside of Carbondale, Colorado. This particular hike was challenging for Joey, it was steep and hot, and down valley, in what is considered the desert region (hence, the red rocks and cacti).
Joey took a number of breaks on our way to the top, all the while on the side of a cliff, and was encouraged to dig deep and find the motivation to reach our goal of making it all the way up to Mushroom Rock.
Needless to say, once our mission was accomplished, Joey was extremely proud of himself, as demonstrated by an ear-to-ear grin, as seen in the photo.
Here is what Joey had to write about this experience (commas and periods added):
I’M SO PROUD I MADE IT TO THE TOP. CLIFF HIKING IS SCARY CAN’T LOOK DOWN FOR A SECOND
WONDERING IF I MIGHT TIME MY STEPS RIGHT IS REALLY NOT THE BEST STRATEGY.
STOPPING MY TERROR BY DOING, NOT THINKING SO MUCH, IS THE BEST METHOD I HAVE FOUND.
MOST IMPORTANTLY TRUST IN YOURSELF AND THOSE WHO HELP GUIDE YOU.
MAKING PROGRESS IS A DAILY MUST. IF I CAN HIKE MOUNTAINS AND MAKE MORE NOISE THAN MOST,
PERHAPS I REALLY WILL SPEAK ONE DAY.