|PHYSICAL CHALLENGES - Forget it.
Iím not very good at getting or staying in shape, even though every morning
I wake up resolving to begin that very day to lose weight and work out. And
when I do get into a routine that seems to be working, the slightest break
ruins the roll.
Itís a problem when the tribes I want to visit live in the mountains and
the only way I can get there is to climb. Or when the river I have to cross
has a tree trunk from one bank to the other, and my knees shake all the way
This unfortunate characteristic rules out things like bungee jumping and
rock climbing, which I must admit I do not miss. But getting into those
mountains is something I really want to do. So, I do it. And I ache and groan.
But so far, Iíve made it up and down without major incident. For the tough
ones, I usually find a guide who will help me over the rough spots.
But there are things I wonít do. I have walked down river banks and
through the river rather than across on a log, when the distance is too high.
And if the hike is an end in itself rather than a way to get to see the people
at the other end, I have learned how to say no thanks. But I still wake up
every morning vowing that I will begin my regimen of exercise and diet that
very day so that I wonít even have to think about the difficulty of the
physical challenge. It is 2:18 P.M. on my computer clock, so itís too late
to start today. But tomorrow morning Iím going to do it.