It’s all downhill from here!  Yippee!

Yeah, that’s what I thought on my way down from Yosemite Falls in Yosemite National Park. 

It was a strenuous three to four hour hike up to the falls from the valley floor.  Al, Jim, Dave, and I hiked to the top then we climbed down to a ledge just to the left of the falls.

Perhaps you can see the ledge in the picture.  It’s the diagonal pencil-thin  line starting at the left top of the falls and slightly running to the left about 1/16th of an inch. The ledge had railings  and of course the view from there was spectacular!

Victoriously, I headed back down the trail with the others.   The the tough part was over, or so I thought.  

Wrong!  On the way down the muscles around the front of my lower legs became more painful with every step.  

I was confused.  Downhill was supposed to be easier and instead I was wincing in tearful pain!  No Fun!

It happened again on my way down to Redding from Eureka, California last Friday as I was returning from facilitating a workshop entitled, “Maintaining Professional Objectivity, Composure, and Boundaries.”

Thursday evening I breezed up the hill to Eureka from Redding.  My rental car was a Chrysler 300.  It was powerful and hugged every corner so it was a blast to drive.

Looking forward to another fun return trip I found out that tight mountain turns are much harder to negotiate going downhill than when going up!    I experienced a few brake stompers and decided that the uphill driving the evening before was easier and more fun!

Then I began to think how often we wish for easier downhill runs in our work and personal lives.  We want that day to come when everything will be a piece of cake and there are few problems. 

Now I’m thinking that the uphill runs may actually be more fun, prosperous, and less dangerous than the downhill ones. 

“The illusion of easy may be a setup!”