I confess: this week’s post is a brag blog. It also has a lot to do with perseverance, so here we go…
You know how they say if you work hard enough, you can move mountains? (Do they say that?) Well, even if they don’t, this post doesn’t involve moving mountains… but it certainly involves climbing them.
Over the course of the last three and a half weeks, my little brother and big inspiration, Tom, finished a trek up to Mt. Everest Base Camp and further yet to summit Kala Patthar, the lowest point from which the peak of Mt. Everest (as seen in the photo below) is visible. At a staggering 5,545 metres or 18,192 feet, this is certainly not a climb for the faint of heart. For Tom, however, it’s just another checkmark on the list. If you will recall, he, myself, and our sister Jenny spent three weeks traveling Northern India earlier this summer. Since the three of us parted ways, Tom has spent a few months in India, a few in Nepal, and he’s headed for Sri Lanka shortly. It’s in moments of reflection like these that I harbour just a tiny bit of resent for my mortgage and 9-to-5’er.
Here are a few photos to give you a taste of what he experienced:
If there’s something for the rest of us to take away from this experience (since I’m sure my brother’s learned enough – physically and mentally), it’s the power of persevering, of pushing through even when your body’s screaming at you to stop. We often underestimate our abilities, and this simple fact tends to avail itself best when we’re just outside our comfort zone. Go ahead: take a risk and see what you’re really made of!
To my little one: I’m such a proud sister! You’re amazing. Keep the adventures coming so I can continue to live vicariously through you.