DO NOT MISS OUT. Climbing mountains has taught me to listen. I feel close to God when I’m out there. To the Universe. To my mom. To my past, PRESENT, and ultimately.. my future. It’s the steps that we have taken to get us to the peaks in life. It’s the present moment of where our feet currently lie, grounded in this earth. To me, the mountains represent our future. This ability to overcome what lies in our path. This willingness to face our fears, thrust our faith ahead of our ego, and trust our human ability. It’s about seeing what we are capable of: mind, body, spirit.
Recently, I’ve felt this desire to climb higher. Never would I ever have imagined this flame inside of me. Perhaps it was lying dormant these past 49 years, until this new decade that’s ahead of me. What began as a decade of sadness and trauma at 40, is closing in hope, peace, and joy.
That said, I’ve wondered: Am I being selfish by climbing mountains? The risk of what I do, because I have kids? And I always come home to: NO. Parents model for their kids. What it is to be healthy, and not. Every risk I’ve taken in life has been for health, wellness, and my desire to grow. Though I’ve made many, many mistakes as a mom (who hasn’t?), we choose to risk by honoring our values (adventure, love, passion, purpose), or we risk losing who we are by dishonoring our values through dishonesty, betrayals, addictions, etc.
CHOICE. Living is about choice.
When life hands you hard times, use what’s happened to become who you were intended all along. Don’t let the storm flood your boat. Instead, put up your sail and ride the wind. The waves. The current. You never know where you will land.
I don’t watch tv, but last week I watched the documentary “14 Peaks.” Already feeling inspired to climb higher, I announced to my dad, uncle, and sons that Nepal awaits. I want to climb a bigger mountain. Yesterday, when I reached the top of Mt. Baldy, there were flags that represent the Himalayas. A sign? YES. I believe so.
LISTEN and you are guided.
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