Hold on to your socks – hang on in there – and when you have a moment, take off your shoes and pull your socks up. That’s good advice when you’re out walking in the hills and mountains, as we often do with our group DARE. You start off great – you get dressed in your walking gear, you put on your socks and shoes, and everything is comfortable – everything is straight, just how it should be. Then you start off walking. The terrain is fairly easy to start off with, it’s fairly flat, the ground is even and it’s dry underfoot. But as you step out, as you step up, as the journey progresses; the terrain gets more steep, uneven, and wet. It’s not long before your socks start to start slipping off!
And life can be a bit like that too! You just don’t know what’s going on in people’s lives. Most of the time, people just get on with things – life, work, home, hobbies, whatever they do – they just get on with it. People don’t take the time to talk any more; and when they do, it’s often superficial. We hide most of the stuff we don’t want people to know. We hide the stuff we are struggling to deal with, we just hold on.
Most of the time,
I walk around like everything is fine, but deep down inside my shoe, my sock is sliding off!
And that’s when I’m walking in the mountains too! I just ignore that feeling that my socks are slipping and sliding off! You know the feeling? You just keep going! You pretend everything is OK and keep walking, you just hold on.
The longer you go on like that, the more likely it is that you will become demoralised, discouraged and just want to give up. The more your socks slip off, the less you want to keep walking – you just want to stop walking, get back to where you started from, and just give up. Maybe that’s you today? Maybe you’ve been walking so long – you’re tired, and your socks have nearly come off, and you just want it all to stop?
When you’re up on the mountain, it’s not as easy as that. Wherever you are, you still have to get back down off the mountain! So the best thing you can do is take a moment, take off your shoes, and pull your socks up! Maybe it’s time – don’t just hold on – maybe it’s time for you to pull your socks up! If it is, firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know!