The harder the climb and the taller the mountain, the more I take from the experience because quite simply, I realise how insignificant my problems are compared to the grandeur of the mountain.
I love going up hills. I think mountains actually teach us a lot about getting through hard things. When I’m at the start of a climb, it is quite overwhelming to look up and see this massive mass of land in front of me. In order to overcome this, it is important for me to stay in the present moment and just focus on taking one step at a time because so long as you keep moving, no matter how slow, you’ll get to the top eventually. It is the same with other things in life. It can be overwhelming to look at the end goal but small steps and changes over time lead to big results. You can break up any challenge into smaller steps. Celebrating these small steps will motivate you to keep going and achieve your goals. It’s not always about the end goal but more the smaller steps you take to reach those goals, and how you learn and grow along the way.
There is something very special about being so high up and seeing everything in the valley gradually turn minuscule as you work your way upwards. You can look at things from a different perspective. A tree at the bottom of the mountain looks massive in comparison to me but when I’m at the top, that same tree will look really small. Just like the small issues in my life, all those little stresses, which in the big scheme of things are quite small. You look back and realise that they weren’t so big after all. The harder the climb and the taller the mountain, the more I take from the experience because quite simply, I realise how insignificant my problems are compared to the grandeur of the mountain.
Letting your muscles work whilst your brain has a rest brings a calm that is hard to find in the day-to-day demands of our society. In an ever-changing civilisation, the mountains will always be there. For me, climbing mountains is a time to rejuvenate my mind, let go of worries and leave them on the hill.