I remember one of the things Scott from ‘Live Your Legend’ said, do the impossible. I can do trekking and long haul walks, yes. But mountain climbing is a bit vague. I don’t have that lean body and I have Iscoliosis so climbing a steep trail carrying a heavy backpack is…. Is what? Impossible? No, I don’t think it is, (brave little girl here) but I must admit it is not easy for me to do mountain climbing. It’s not easy as I imagine it.
Yes it is difficult but possible.
I’m gonna make this impossible possible. I joined a friend’s group of hikers.
Mt. Marami’s peak. View from campsite.
Lesson #1. Learn the hard way. A night hike of almost 5 hours. Woah! Really? Will I dive into that? But I did. We commuted for 4 hours to jump-off site. Then started the climb at 12:30 midnight. We reached campsite by 4:30 or 4:40 in the morning. The sun is about to rise and kiss our cheeks to a good morning vibes. (I would like to thank the inventor of flashlight and contact lens.) this kind of climb is not easy for a first-timer. The fact that it is a night hike plus the no easy trail, it is absolutely hard for me. Anyways, learning the hard way is better, so no complaining here. Hi to all easy-trail mountains there! Let me think if I would climb you. Just kidding! Lol.
Lesson #2. It’s the climb. Now that I am here at the foot of this mountain, I Fight! So easy for me to say that when my energy is at its peak. While the team is going up to reach the peak, my energy is going down. Small step, big step, climb up and down, stones, mud, animal poop, bushes, grasses, insects, those plants slapping my face and arms as I pass through them, crossing the river, hopping on river stones, wide trail, steep trail, high-wide trail, high-steep trail all those stuff – making this climb like an action filled drama movie. In every movie, there’s an adversity. Until, my heart is beating unusually fast, I can’t breathe, I’m losing energy, I need to stop. Yes fellow hikers pls stop in the name of saving my life. I refuel then climb again. Climbing has several twists and curves. Again, I can’t breathe, feels like dying. Refuel. Again, fight and keep moving. Then.. Ooops! I slipped closer to a cliff. Too close I am still alive. Haha. Who cares if I stumble and fall, if I am all sweating, bruised, if I look like a zombie in the midst of woods. The fact is, the absolutely amazing fantastic crazy wonderful fact is, I reached the summit and went home safe and sound. I SURVIVED. It’s all about.. it’s all about the climb. (You’re singing the song.)
Summit. Sitting on the edge of the rock.
Lesson #3. We always have a choice. Time and again, I will tell you that this climb is very difficult for me. My body did not whisper to my mind to quit for a single time, because it is whispering the same for like hundred times! Oh my gosh I swear, and I’m dead serious with this statement, “FEELS LIKE I’M DYING!”. I actually doubt myself if I can still go on. I Have choices that time, a. Continue the climb b. stay on my current location and wait for them to come back c. Go down, alone. See? Life has lots of choices. Considering that I have gone far, it is in the middle of the night, and Ive already started the climb, spent time and energy and put my heart in every step of the way, I choose letter A. Bow.
Lesson #4. Faith re-defines limitation. We define our limitation based on our fear and low self-esteem. But faith re-defines it. Aside from my faith in God, since I have religion, my faith within as human being tells me that all these hardship will end. That faith empowers me to go a step further and further and further to my limits. As I’ve said above “I can do trekking..” But faith re-defined it, now I say I CAN DO MOUNTAIN CLIMBING. I should have rephrased it to ‘now I can do mountain climbing during the night.’ Hahaha. Brave proud little girl here. 😀
Nature-full view at the top surrounded my nearby mountains.
Remember, I was not the only one climbing, we are a team. You are not alone in your fight. You can choose to be in a network of non-quitting people or easy-quitting people.
I am not telling you to climb a mountain, I just want to share with you the awesome experience when doing something impossible or putting into reality something you thought difficult to execute.
Faith and love for you,
*Mt. Marami is located at Maragondon, Cavite, Philippines.