Climbing a mountain is exhilarating, challenging, and rewarding. No matter how high it is, every ascent has some things in common. The anticipation grows as I climb higher, I become short of breath, and keep asking myself, “Why am I doing this again?” But then I reach the top. I am immediately reminded of why I love these exhausting (yet rewarding) experiences.
Be greeted by a 360 degree view of the world below. See over mountain tops, valleys, lakes, and plains. It’s breathtaking. I feel accomplished. It is as though I could do anything and no one would be able to stop me.
But, it is in these very moments that I feel something different; something that is not just a physical feeling, but an overwhelming sensation. I am humble, my ego is gone, and the grandeur remind me of how insignificant I am.
I feel so alive.
The mountain captured in the video (above) is Mt. Sneffles. It is 14,150 ft high, making it one of Colorado’s fifty-three “14ers.” Situated in the San Juan mountain range, it towers over every other mountain in the vicinity. Although the trail is only 1.2 miles to the summit, I don’t let that short distance fool me. It tears me down and lifts me up all in one climb.
I have conquered this mountain more than once and each time has offered something new. The second climb, I felt even more humble. To me, this is living large. I am creating opportunities for myself that make me feel humble, alive, and purposeful.
I chase this feeling and I am grateful for the sense. Experiences like this help provide new perspectives, I’m reminded that it isn’t all about me. Filling life with these moments make life meaningful, exceptional, and unforgettable.
Do you have “live large” moments that challenge your thinking and create new perspectives? If not, it’s time to start.
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