Oh, to be young again...here's hoping you gain good judgement as you mature. Knowing when to turn back may be the greatest asset you can develop. Have you read Viesturs' book about climbing the 8,000 meter peaks? He notes one climb where he was almost to the summit and, using excellent judgement, turned back where many of us might have continued. Years later, he returned and with great effort completed his quest. That is the kind of savy that you should seek as you pursue your lofty goals.
Yes I have. He turned back 300 ft. from the summit of Everest due to time. I do need to follow this. Everyone does who climbs 8,000-meter peaks. The mountain will always be there but I wont. Thanks for your comment! I really do appreciatte it.
I agree with the statement "just do it"...if you think too hard about stuff, you can come up with hundreds of ways to talk yourself out of it...excuses if you will.
The key, however, is to find out who you REALLY are...what you REALLY want...and to decide how much you REALLY want it. Once you've found that which you just MUST have...and keep your focus on it (without allowing yourself too much time to think about how hard, how long, how difficult, how unlikely, how unpopular, etc it will be), you will get there. Those who do not suceed either aren't focused on it...or they think too much about it.
Well said. I totally agree with you on this one. Just do it and dont think so much about it and it will get done. Thanks for your comment. I wish you the best of luck.
Summits and safe returns come from a combination of mental toughness [which you allude to in this article], physical conditioning, technical ability, a thorough knowledge of the forces of nature, with sound judgment applied to all of the above, these are then mixed with a bit of luck. People who insist on pushing on to the summit without taking into account all of these factors, and other intangibles, will end up relying too much on the luck part, and are often not long for this world.
Read all that you can of the masters, living and passed, and learn from their experience. Summit or plummet is no way to climb and expect to consistently return.
ps. If you will correct the grammar and spelling errors, I will vote on your article.:) Let me know.
I have always been pretty weak on English! My bad :) I went over it again. I probably missed something again though. haha Thanks for the advice. It really does help me. I will also keep that in mind.
Maybe I am interpreting his essay wrong but it never crossed my mind as I was reading it that by dreams he meant summits. In fact, he doesn't even mention mountains or climbing them. Considering it's surroundings it is easy to jump to such conclusions after reading something like this but I think it's written from a wider perspective. Or perhaps I am completely wrong...but that's my .02
I'm not writing this about myself. As I said in this I don't want this to be about me. It's meant for the general crowd and for dreams in general.
Well he did mention reaching the top! But I think it is fairly easy to use climbing as a metaphor for life! Especially on a site like Summitpost.
Tim, Noah asked for some help editing (did you suggest asking me?), and I helped, so please take another look now.
I did Bob! I will gladly look again, and thanks for helping!
You are right sometimes we get blinded by the day to day.It weakens the spirit.We,ve got to climb through it. Peace.
Your article was great, and hit the mark right on...but there is one thing we need to remember. Always follow your dreams, and don't give up on them, but always remember what's more important. It's more important to survive, it's more important to keep your friends, there are some things that will keep you from the top in general. This is why it took me four tries to climb Iron Mountain in the San Gabriels--each time, there was something more important than the summit--but this is also why I returned each time until I succeeded. Good analogy for climbing and life.
PS-there are lots of things more important than grammar and spelling. Don't let it bug you. I vote a 10.