165, Finding myself and continuing to climb. 

I write to you today sat on step number 164 of the mua caves viewpoint of Ninh Binh.Knowing I will not reach the top it’s hard not to feel defeated.

See I’m usually physically pretty fit. I can walk and hike and could handle 500 steps but a week ago I sprained my ankle and today my body says no more and it sucks.


As my five other friends continue to the top my FOMO kicks in. Ever since I was a child I’ve been in awe of things of great heights and extraordinary colours and here I am not being able to hike to the top and see the beautiful shades of Green Vietnam has to offer me.

This is my ‘this sucks ‘ situation.

I don’t know what’s worse, my one cankle or the fact that literally toddlers have gone past me able to get up these 500 steps and my cankle says no. I hear the people out of breath coming to the top of the 100th step and I envy them. I’ve taken to just telling them they can do it! If i can’t I’m sure gonna encourage others.


I’m usually someone who tries hard to overcome challenges and usually use the old think this is my Everest trick. You know the one, if I can get through this I can do anything but the truth is, this is out of my control. I can’t magically heal my ankle I can’t stop the throbbing and I can’t instantly make it better. I’m annoyed to say the least.

So I’m going to pretend now that this view only has 165 steps. I’m going to do ONE more step and I’ll make believe that I did it.


I’m going to breathe I’m going to stop and I’m going to take this time to reflect on other challenges.

Basically if you take anything away from this post just know. Not everyone is climbing up the same mountain, but everyone is climbing somehow.


Everyone has different limits and goals they can physically and mentally achieve mine today was 165.

 What’s yours?!
Thanks for reading

Danielle Jade x

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3 thoughts on “165, Finding myself and continuing to climb. 

  1. I’m pretty fit too and having to admit defeat (especially because of an injury) is so hard. I love the mindset you took, though!
    xoxo, Sarah
    lifestartzhere.com

  2. Love how honest this is! And I know exactly how you feel, I had a torn tendon in my ankle and walked around with it for 2 years without a diagnosis. I struggled to do so many things and would get really frustrated. Then I got it fixed BUT it still plays up and I still have to be careful not to over work it. I had to bail out of a long country walk with my friends the other day because I was scared it wouldn’t make it and had the worst FOMO when their beautiful pictures arrived on insta BUT we have to listen to our bodies and work with what we’ve got. We may not be blessed with fully functioning ankles but we are blessed in other ways 🙂 x

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