As I said in my previous article, my trip to Mount Lanaya really taught me several lessons. Who would have thought that the intense climb would make me achieve several things that would not only make my climb easier, but would also be very applicable to life in general? These are some of the life lessons I learned from mountaineering.
Bring the essentials, throw away the loads.
Yes, it was such a long walk and those little things that I brought really dragged me down. I realized that, before going into battle, you really need to check what’s in your bag. If you are going to climb for about 5 hours straight, even light luggage will be weighed. You need to assess whether each item is worth bringing. Ask yourself, “Do I really need this? Or will it slow me down? Drop that extra bag of negativity and just focus on the things that matter.
The most difficult life lesson that mountaineering taught me would be concentration. As with my first time, I would say that rock climbing was really impossible for me. Whenever I realize that we are still not halfway to the top (and we have been climbing for hours. Huhu) my legs were getting tired and I felt that I really couldn’t do it. I kept wishing it would all be over. Wishing and complaining did not help at all. It was luck that made me discover that if I focus on each step, if I focus on what I have to do now, I feel a little lighter. So I focus on my current step … and then the next … until I finally do it.
Another fight was found, as we were almost at the top and the guide said: “we are only 10 minutes away”. I was so moved that I forgot to stay focused. I started to focus on fate and not my baby steps. What happened was that my legs were shaking tremendously and I almost slipped. A moment of loss of concentration made me feel heavier and the last 10 minutes was actually more unbearable than the previous hours.
If you refuse to give up the option, you will find the strength to complete the task.
After accepting the fact that there is no escape from combat, you are more focused on doing your job instead of running away. When facing the challenge head on, focus your strengths on the tasks that matter. Why worry so much about the things you cannot control when there is so much more that you can control in front of you?
Accept the challenge head on, you will be the one to overcome it. You can never expect someone to take you on the road, as everyone has to fight on their own.
Fill as much as you can
This lesson is applicable, whether in life or climbing. It is always important to refuel. We need to equip ourselves with things that will help us move forward.
It’s about the journey, not the destination.
To tell the truth, there were many places where the view was much more impressive than the mountain. Lanaya But what made the view at the top much more satisfying was the difficulty we faced in reaching it. In the end, what made the destination satisfactory was the fact that we were able to endure all the difficulties encountered during the trip. We reached the top with shaky legs and chapped lips. We were more than exhausted, but our hearts were filled with pride and satisfaction. Completing the task was a reward in itself. The view was just incredible. For that, we are very grateful.
Help yourself, help others
When you find yourself in a situation where you need to carry on and see your teammates go through the same situation, you gain more strength to endure your own difficulties and sometimes even strive to help your teammates. team. Surprisingly, struggles bring people together, because going through something together promotes compassion and empathy.
Enjoy what you see
Enjoy what you see. Look at the green trees, listen to the whisper of the wind … the hum of birds … the sound of silence. Take the time to appreciate these things. The same is true with life: always take the time to thank for the little things. This makes the trip interesting and bearable.
Be careful with your body
The spirit may be willing, but the flesh is weak. During the descent, I realized this. I already fixed my perspective, but this time it was my own body giving up. My legs were smooth and ready to collapse. Without the cane, I would have stumbled already. I was thinking that if I had trained my legs to become stronger, I could have done better. In all the challenges we face, our body is our investment. If we neglect it, it will betray us in times of need.
Hold on to the vines, walk on the solid rocks.
The trail is full of loose terrain that seems stable at first. If you trust what you see, it is not always guaranteed that you will land safely on your next move. Test the floor before putting all your weight on it. Pull a vine before you cling to it with your beloved life. Support yourself with a strong foot first when testing the next step. While it may seem like a chore, it never hurts to be very careful about everything we do. As they say “don’t be the first to try the new, nor the last to leave the old behind”. It just means that we have to be careful with everything on our journey to new things. Climb on a stable rock and a strong vine to avoid tripping.
In life, it would be impossible to reach the top without holding anything. For obvious reasons, whatever you are going through, you need to get attached to something to continue, be it your principles, your beliefs, God. It is important that you know what keeps you active and maintain stable, not fake, supports.
Whatever you do, do it with your power.
Finally, whatever you do, do it with your power. When you go through something shy, you just make the challenge even more unbearable. Give everything and you will surely receive your reward.
Not all difficulties are serious. Most of them teach us lessons that will make us better. Always remember that all great things are done outside your comfort zone. Keep going up all the mountains.