The Best Views Come After the Hardest Climbs
The best views come after the hardest climbs.
Not the easiest climb.
Not the one-mile-and-done climb.
Not the direct route climb…and not the I-didn’t-even-break-a-sweat climb.
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The burning legs and lungs climb.
The I-want-to-quit climb… and the dig deep and rise up climb.
You wonder as you take one hard step in front of the other – is it going to be worth the view?
The adrenaline may wear off, you may face challenges, and you will have the choice to take one more step, turn back, or stop.
When you stay with a challenge long enough, it becomes part of the training, and nothing great is ever achieved without a little or a lot sweat and dirt.
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Run it – with no guarantee you won’t have to walk it.
Commit to it – with no promise of an easy way.
Work at it – even though it may not turn out the way you expect it to.
Plan for it – knowing your plans may get turned upside down.
Play with the possibilities – even though you may fail again and again.
Live for it – nobody has the all the answers, without a doubt there are uphills and downhills, and it’s certain there will be challenges and some level of pain.
Move with it – knowing that life is an adventure and you. can. do. anything.
Keep going, sole sister. Just when you’re getting tired, when you need to rest (but not quit), when you think you can’t take anymore setbacks, look around and check the view.
Close your eyes and feel it, look around and remember it, pull energy from it, and learn from it. Then keep going… because the BEST views come after the hardest climbs (and you’re almost there).
Mount Kidd, Kananaskis Country, Alberta