About mountains and goals

It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves
(Edmund Hillary)

I came across this quote the other day when I was looking for something that matches my picture I took while my hiking tour last week. And it is like that … I have never thought I would like, no LOVE, hiking so much. Especially the feeling when you finally reached the top is unbelievable. It is not only that you reached the finish line, it makes you just feel awesome. And for that moment I can go hours. And the harder the climb up, the more you feel like on top of the world.

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Vordere Brandjochspitze, 2558 m, View to Innsbruck

It’s the same with life. The more you struggle to achieve something, the more you admire the result. Probably not the result itself as such, but more the amazing feeling that tells you: You did it! You worked for it – and it payed off. May it be for getting yourself a long desired treat, a well done sports performance or finally getting your dreamjob. For some it is a world tour, for others it is finding  the last piece to a colleciton. There are so many things worth working for. Everyone has its own goals. Sometimes you might not even know you had this goal until it is right in front of you. Sometimes you might really desire this one thing for years and it never seems to get closer. And in this very moment when reaching it, you suddenly realize you can do anything! It makes you forget everything else.

Reaching the top of a mountain, achieving any goal you desire, is never the end of something, it is just the beginning. Being on the top of one mountain makes you wanna reach even higher peaks. I really love this being-on-top-feeling (who doesn’t?) Still, for reaching the next goal you might have to take a step back, get yourself down to earth again, be happy and start over new. The next big thing is already waiting out there somewhere. There is going to be more to come – more mountains to conquer 🙂

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I don’t know where I’m going, but I’m on my way …
(Carl Sagan)

 

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