“If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.” – Vincent Van Gogh
The Ka’au Crater hike was an extremely important part of my life! Being able to complete this hike meant, to me, that I was capable of so much more than what I believed. One of the first hikes I had ever tried to do was Wa’ahila Ridge. I quit because I was too much of a wimp, and my hiking partner at the time reaffirmed that feeling. But being able to complete this hike meant that they were wrong, and that I was wrong.
Please, do not ever limit yourself based on others’ expectations of you. You are capable of anything in this world.