Next week marks 60 years of the first scaling of the Mount Everest, the highest peak in the world. Going up nine kilometers in storms, avalanches, and thin air is not just any hike on the trail. Some 3000 have made it to the top and back but more than 200 have died in the attempt.
It’s hard, but not impossible if you’re determined. A double-amputee has scaled the peak, so has a blind person. A 13-year-old boy has done it, and so has a 76-year-old. And one man has done it as many as 21 times (“Honey, I’m stepping out for a stroll … on Mount Everest”).
We all have our mountains to scale. Some of these are not as visible as Mt. Everest though they may be equally challenging. Scaling them comes with no accolade, but they are nonetheless worthwhile. May you reach all the peaks you set out to scale.
Everest has become a metaphor for a high point of something. This week we’ll see five other words that are derived from mountains and hills.
This small bit of prose was the lead-in for this week’s batch of Word of the Day from Wordsmith.org. All of the words this week will be related to mountains and hills. (Today’s word was “Vesuvian.”)
I read these emails all the time. Always informative, sometimes uplifting. But reading that passage today really touched me.
I’m grateful for all of this downtime. I’ve had so much time to think and get my priorities in order. It’s been a time of reflection and introspection, learning about who I am and what I want.
Not that the process of learning more about yourself ever stops, but when you’re the kind of person whose brain runs a mile a minute, stepping away from the “real world” is refreshing. Invigorating.
But I’m getting restless now. I need something to fill my days. I do like working, but the work has to be productive and/or fun.
I have ideas of what I want to do. I don’t know how to make it happen, but I know it’s time to make the first move.
It’s time to start climbing.