This is repetitive as I have written many drafts to get to this fully actualized piece. Climbing the mountain is about discovering your highest self. Often we never even leave the ground. There’s nothing wrong with this. It’s comfortable and relatively safe. Why leave? Sometimes we think we want to leave and make an initial assent, but we find ourselves at first wind. It’s uncomfortable as our heart rates and breathing skyrocket. This is where we often stop, so that our ideas never become anything more than hopes of grandeur. We don’t realize that our true life and dreams are just beyond.
Sometimes all we see is the mountain, it’s daunting and big. ‘That’s hard,’ we let ourselves think. Rather than looking at the overwhelming mountain Lor task), look at it in steps. That’s really what life is, an accumulation of steps. It is the process that is the journey. Be thankful for breathing, each stride and propulsion leading you up. Each lookout, more breathtaking than the last. Mounting and gaining appreciation as you climb.
Along the way there will be different paths (choices and decisions) that we will take. There will be different obstacles: physical, financial, people telling you you can’t do it, but often it is our own fears. Lately I have that Chumpawamba song with the ‘I get knocked down but I get up again’ line playing in my head. How often have I felt this way lately? I’ve got to keep climbing to live my life and dreams. The bigger the challenge and greater the climb, the stronger I become and the greater the reward.
Once you get to the top, there is that self-realization: life. You’re living in the clouds in your dreams. Like Thoreau says:
If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where
they should be. Now put the foundations under them.
Climbing has provided a foundation. The high is unbelievable, and unattainable through mock or imitation highs. This is real. The view is humbling and awe-inspiring. but you would never know if you don’t leave the ground or if you take shortcuts (drive) because then you have no foundation and are just spinning your wheels.
The beautiful thing is, there is no right or wrong way to get to the top. The path is yours to blaze. No one else can do it for you. They may climb with you(there will be others in the mountain with you sometimes, but realize they are not in competition with you), but the perspective and choices are yours alone. Because two people can climb the same mountain and have two different views and experiences.
So go ahead, get uncomfortable, tackle the obstacles and become your highest self. Live YOUR dreams and YOUR life on your own trail. Keep going up!
BE, Love, Illuminate,