Have you ever notice the ONLY time you have a very difficult experience with "life in general" is when you're trying to change the world? At least the part you can directly influence?
I'm using my experience on Mailbox Peak yesterday to keep focused.
Mountains are there for a reason:
1) They are beautiful and to be admired
2) They are to be climbed
3) They are to be defeated
When I was standing so near the top yesterday, everything in my body wanted to stop. I started telling myself that I could always come back and finish another day. I started making excuses that there was too little daylight to make the push to the top, and get back to my car safely.
A young man, very fit, came down to where I was standing and told me to stop looking at the summit, and climb. He gave me a time estimate from where I was standing and told me that as long as I stuck to that timeline, I would make it back to my car in plenty of time. He gave me an hour to the summit and back to where I was standing.
I took his advice and pushed on. As I climbed, I noticed him standing at the rest point, watching me. He kept tabs on me all the way to the top. After I took some photos at the summit, I turned around and began the descent. I reached the spot I started from in 47 minutes... less than he'd calculated. I reached my car 30 minutes faster than he'd predicted.
Long story short (with a no duh factor built in), don't quit. Maybe climbing a mountain isn't the end all of end alls, but it was important to me philosophically as well as metaphorically. I needed it to know I was really the tenacious person I've always believed I AM. ....and I am.
The author at the top of Mailbox Peak, May 3rd, 2015.
These are the personal (and sometimes business) musings of a former know-it-all.