December 07, 2016

What Does It Mean to Explore?

There are many reasons to want to Explore. For some it's to get out and just find some place new to themselves, or to the world. To others it's a path of self discovery and understanding. For me well, that's a tough one. I explore the world because I fear exploring myself, but every time I go exploring I end up exploring myself. Does this make sense? Exploring for me is a distraction that becomes the focus. To get some where you've never been, you'll have to do something you've never done.  In order to achieve this I must place myself where these situations are at the forefront. Physically I want to be stronger, mentally I want to be tougher, and emotionally I want to be more balanced. Climbing and mountaineering are the epitome of this awakening. You must have the physical ability to carry heavy loads and move your body weight. You must endure mental torture by being placed in very intimidating and unnerving circumstances. Hanging from a rope inside a Crevasse, or leading a near a pitch with questionable gear placement tests an individual and their ability to withstand stress, and execute near flawless decision making. Exploration gives a sense of understanding for ourselves and the world around us. There are several famous quotes by highly regarded individuals in the field of adventure and travel, yet they all seem to lead to the same conclusion: Live life the way you want because this is the only life we know we have. This planet is our home, therefore to not leave your own city is the same as never leaving your bed.
To know who you are you must first know why you are. Once you have your why the rest will follow. If someone were to ask me what's my why I would say "Because I hate my life, and this at least gives me something to look forward to. I get to help others by helping myself with much needed therapy." When I am outside I feel a sense of belonging. A feeling that I actually fit in somewhere.When you're above 16,000 feet the world feels different. It has a voice that resonates deeper than just sitting at sea level. At this elevation you have to breath with purpose, and meaning. Every step you take has value because it could be your last. The very actions you took for granted back at home in the safety and security of your bubble are now all you cling to as a reason to come home alive. We take so much for granted because it's easy, but when you're outside, in the air, things change. We begin to change. With that I leave you with this: Be the change you wish to see in others. It's not my quote, but I love it.

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