Why live a life that's perceived as mad?
Why do I seek out the road less travelled? Why does the possibility
of uncertainty call when the route and routine fall to wayside?
I ask myself this as I set out on an expedition to a remote
mountain. I could find an easier climb, one that has been ascended
thousands of times. Yet for then there is a calling for adventure we
try the climbs that are hard and demanding, ones that test our mettle
down to the very core of our person. Finding adventure and trying
something unknown, allows us to imagine what the possibilities might
be and in the process shatter our own perceived limitations.
To achieve a goal in life one must have vision. Making it to the
summit of Meru required planning, dedication and teamwork. The amount
of motivation that Jimmy, Renan and myself needed to realize our dream
didn’t start at the base of the climb. For years, months and weeks as
I would run up hills and repeat climbs I visualized our team on the
side of the cliff, making progress one pitch at a time. The energy and
excitement was key to our success. Had we not visualized and dreamed
about our climb we would never have gotten started.
For many alpine climbing is a frivolous and dangerous pursuit. Why
embrace the cold in an unrelenting sea of gravity? From my personal
perspective I’ll never be able to answer that question. Just knowing
that I’m drawn to unknown is enough. If I knew the answer it wouldn’t
be the same. It would be easy and boring. The underpinnings of why are
tied in with risk, uncertainty, challenge, hardship, courage,
determination, fortitude and, through it all, happiness.
Finding happiness through difficulty might seem like madness to most
people. Yet for the few that want something more out of life, it is
the path we must follow. Madness is adventure, adventure leads to
self-discovery and self-discovery is the basis of happiness.