Seeing this photo made me feel like a real backpacker for the first time. But when B and I have met other trekkers while in Patagonia, I feel self-conscious.
I wonder about their impression of me ...something like “she can’t hang” or “I bet he has to drag her out here (or worse), up the mountain.” I’ve been believing that I don’t look the part. My gear isn’t dirty and ripped (perhaps proving experience), and I’m short, small and female (indicating weakness or less resilience to people who don’t know me). I assume they associate my mostly all black gear as another check on an NYC stereotype box.
Sometimes it’s necessary to step outside of ourselves to see a different story. For me, it was this photo, but our brains make images too.
We don’t have time or energy to wonder what other people think of us, and it often becomes the image we use to define ourselves. NO. Visualize the way you want to see yourself, and flood your brain with it.
The trekking community agrees, because no one ever associates hiking with looks (the only looks being considered are the views). My insecurities were only mine. And the only thing that it’s damaging is me. And, self-sabotage, even if seemingly small, isn’t cool. 🙅🏽♀️❤️ Sharing for anyone else that sometimes feels like a fraud. You are not alone.
Photo: @brandongweber taken on Laguna Camanente trek in Tierra del Fuego near Ushuaia, Argentina
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