On my 30-something birthday I continued the tradition I started last year, to get outside and go for a hike. Unlike last year, this time I went hiking alone. I traveled to Gravity Trail, in Reading, PA, which was a wonderful hike full of history, hills and a stream.
The trail runs where the Gravity Railroad had been, in 1889. The Mount Penn Gravity Railroad was built to provide scenic transportation on the mountainside to vacationers and local visitors on the seven-and-a-half mile long railway for a 20-cent ticket. For 33 years, the Gravity Railroad ran at regular half-hour intervals throughout the summer. With the introduction of the automobile and the Prohibition Era, there was a decline of the local resorts and railroad. The devastating fire of the Tower Hotel on the evening of April 26, 1923, brought an end to the Gravity Railroad. Shortly thereafter, the railroad tracks were torn up and sold for scrap.
The history of this area made me think about my own history, where I came from, and where I’m going. Turning 38 isn’t something I really feel one way or the other about, it’s just the truth. I am happy and proud of the changes I’ve made in the past year to become the person I want to be, and I’m doing the work to become that person. In the past year I’ve been able to shift my mindset to thinking about having a more purposeful, adventurous, and satisfying life full of learning and growing along the way. I’m also doing a deep dive into personal development and better understanding myself. I’ve been doing a lot of writing and reading several books to help in the process. I just listened to “The Four Agreements” on Audible and I highly recommend this book for a better understanding about the relationship with yourself.
“Those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it.”
― Edmund Burke
I’ve gotten healthier by quitting smoking (1 year, five months ago), and becoming (mostly) gluten-free in the past five months. In addition to losing 20 pounds, I have more energy and feel so much better. I’ve been working with a coach who’s helped me focus on the mindset and nutrition.
I’ve paid off all credit card debt, and my car loan. I’m working to finish the last piece of debt, my student loan, and then (hopefully by year’s end) I’ll be debt free!!
One of my lifelong goals is to travel and up until recently I didn’t think that was possible for me because of my financial struggles. Now I’m learning about travel and planning my road trips for next year. I started listening to a travel podcast called Zero To Travel and find it a great resource. I’m also exploring locally, near me and in the area I live.
As I think about the transformation I’m making in my own life, and taking the lessons I learn about my past, I know that I’m not sure what’s next, but I know that I’m excited to find out.