“A life-long blessing for children is to fill them with warm memories of times together. Happy memories become treasures in the heart to pull out on the tough days of adulthood.”
I have many great memories with my dad and we continue to have great times together. One of the best memories I have with my dad is our backpacking trip to desolation wilderness above Lake Tahoe.
This was my first backpacking experience and at the time I didn’t think the hiking portion was very enjoyable. I am pretty sure I made my dad stop every quarter mile to rest. In my head I didn’t think I was going to make it to our destination alive, which was only 4 miles. What do you expect, I was only about 10 years old. Our destination was Lower Velma Lake. Once we setup camp we spent the following days doing day hikes to other lakes in the area. Over the two days, I saw some of the most beautiful country in the world and the views of Lake Tahoe were breathtaking. When all was said I done I looked back on the experience and realized I had a great time despite the complaining and the difficulty of hiking with a large backpack.
Just like the quote above says, memories are great because they can help you get through the tough times in life. This experience has helped me get through many tough times. When I thought I wasn’t going to make it on the hike my dad kept pushing me. This trip alone taught me one of the most important life lessons. When things get tough I can handle much more then my mind and body think they can. This can apply to finances, exercising or just about anything. So make sure to think back to memories that may help you get through current situations.
What is your favorite memory with your dad? Are there any childhood memories that help you though tough times now? I would love to hear about them.