Sometimes the peak of the mountain, that we dream of standing on seems so far away. The body can be tired, the elements daunting. We can become weary, disillusioned and doubt our ability to accomplish our goal.
Life has ups and downs. Sometimes we feel invincible, sometimes vulnerable. This is how it is. Despite these fluctuations we have fulfilled so many yearnings in our lives.
Every trekker knows sometimes the journey will be arduous, difficult and dangerous. It is the nature, of high altitude trekking.
Common whilst trekking is to see discarded luggage by the side of the path. An arduous journey shows us what is necessary and what to let go of. Trekkers realise what is expedient, to accomplish the journey.
Trekkers know all journeys are accomplished step by step. They return to simplicity. Sometimes one breath, one step and then a breath or two to rest.
Little oxygen, snow, ice, steep inclines, ravines, crevices and high winds may assail trekkers. Necessity teaches them to pick themselves up after poorly navigating obstacles, or falling. Necessity dictates it. This is the adventure.
Trekking is a good metaphor. It hints at the roots of pilgrimage embodying physicality.
It embraces the freedom of open space and timelessness. It reflects that pilgrimage to the heart from which all may be explored. Our struggles, triumphs, and failures are par for the course.
The peak may be far. Yet there is Earth under our feet, Sky above our head. Life fills us. We chose this journey and will choose others.