I found the adrenaline starting to kick in when the sign came into view from in between the snowy ridges less than a hundred meters ahead, heavily adorned in prayer flags. The mountains split on the sides, giving way to a 400-meter wide valley of rock, snow and ice. I found myself laughing loudly in the face of Mother Nature. Picking up speed, I made a beeline for the ridge, before dropping my gear right in front of the sign. The emotions ran wild, I screamed at the top of my lungs, both fists pumping the air. At that moment, I felt the sheer happiness, the tears of joy, the goosebumps, all mixed into this concoction of elation I can’t describe. All that time spent walking the days before… it definitely was worth every painful step. I felt… redeemed. I have aligned with the greatest possible trajectory of my life.
It’s times like these, when you are pushing your physical, mental, and emotional limits. And then you achieve what you thought impossible. Your mind, body and spirit are forged and strengthened under these harsh conditions, from being cold, uncomfortable, tired, and scared. They help you grow, and by growing you inspire those around you to do the same.
Life’s a journey of self-improvement, and you aim to be a better person with every step you take.
This is what it means, to be alive.