This summer has been all about earning money driving international visitors all over the lower South Island of New Zealand, which has meant that I haven’t had much time for my own outdoors adventuring. I’ve been working on self development adventures instead. Recently three of us had a day trip up Roy’s Peak. It was sooooo good to get out in the hills for a change. As you can see in the photo above the day was glorious and there was hardly a breath of wind – quite unexpected for this time of year. In case you are wondering that’s me on the left in my snazzy Adventures Before Dementia t shirt with my good friend John beside me.
The point of all this is that it’s not about three people climbing a peak. Two of them strolled up it – yes you John and Lizzie. But one of them didn’t – no surprises who that was. Yes moi, me, yours truly. I admit it here now and in public . I struggled going up that goddamn hill. I huffed and puffed and plodded. I’ve always been ashamed of the fact that I’ve struggled whenever I’ve climbed anything of any consequence. I’ve been up a few peaks by this stage in my life and if there’s is someone sweating and puffing and going reallllly slowly, chances are that it will be me. It’s literally one foot in front of another, plodding. So embarrassing. BUT dammit I do it. I get there eventually and nothing but nothing can take that achievement away.
So isn’t this a metaphor for our lives? Why are we so ashamed when we’re making a good honest effort? We may not be as fast as others or as able, or skilled, or agile, or clever, or whatever, but with determination we will get there in the end. We need to embrace our struggles, for these become our adventures, these are what make us and what ultimately become our greatest triumphs. In the heart of every difficulty there lies the seed of its solution. Your bump in the road may be someone else’s Mt Everest. So don’t laugh next time you see someone struggling with ANYTHING – give them a high five instead. They’re going at their own pace but at least they’re out there trying . At least they are having adventures and #doingwhattheycan’t.
Inspiration for this post came in part from a Casey Neistat video – watch it here. Don’t let anything stop you, be the man or woman in the arena, face marred by blood and dust, striving valiantly. Do what you can’t, have the adventure, live the dream, be the person on the iceberg (you need to watch the video to get that!)
And if you see me sweating up a hill one day, stop and say hi – I could probably use the rest!