The Dream Of Everest Base Camp
When you’ve seen a place in your dreams and a hundred times on YouTube, it’s truly special to then see it in front of you.
Kumar, my guide, was concerned so he stopped me and reminded me to be careful, that we were walking on ice. In fact, we were walking on 1000s of tonnes of ice that formed the spectacular Khumbu Ice Fall spilling down from the foot of Everest. I’d just seen Everest Base Camp in front of me. I was walking on air.
I finally caught up with the main group who’d been out of sight ahead of me all day and stood beside a stone with the words ‘Everest Base Camp, 2016’ painted on it. One of the guys, I think his name was David, took the picture I’d been dreaming of for the past 2 years. Despite the fact I couldn’t keep pace with the group, I’d earned their respect. I may have reached the Base Camp after they did but the magic of reaching it was just as special. You see when you’re overweight and don’t look the part, you must find the mindset to compensate, that knows you can still do it.
Chase The Dream
It may be the case that you feel your dreams are just that. Fantasies that entice you when you’re sleeping or just not paying attention to anything in particular. The realist in you tells you that reality is something less. More within your grasp. Safer. If that is the case, then I’d like you to try something just for one minute. Picture that realist as an overprotective friend. Someone who loves you and wants to protect you but doesn’t really know you. Imagine the things you might consider doing if they weren’t trying to keep you safe. Who would you be? Where would you go? What would you achieve? Welcome to a dream you just might realize!
Life is something so much richer when our dreams are chased. Take the risks, experience the pain and disappointment along the way and, for sure, you will find moments of true joy.
Yes, You Can
A few years after I’d gone to Everest Base Camp, I came across a mantra that helped me keep believing in myself. High…