”Life is like one big expedition. We gotta plan for success, adapt in the moment, and enjoy the climb.
When every detail is meticulously plotted out, the expedition begins.
But for all the research and tedious planning – it never, ever goes exactly as planned.
Storms roll in. Altitude sickness hits. Fatigue slows us down. Wait, what? Then, was any of the plannign worth it? Well, it was, and it’s because of what we gain from having clarity on those objectives.
When we are in the day-to-day process of living the expedition, we need to make on-the-spot decisions based on the real-life scenarios that arise. Those scenarios often come with circumstances and feelings that can cloud our perspective. When we have the big objective broken down into daily ones, we can begin to play tetris.
Sometimes the days look different than anticipated but each night we still arrive to set up tent at the place we said was going to be camp. Other times, bigger issues develop and we need to camp unexpectedly or stay put various days waiting for the skies to clear.
It is only when we know where we are going and how to get there, that we can intentionally make the smaller, game-time decisions that determine whether or not we are successful.
Society tries to tell us what North looks like, as if it were a default of one size fits all. On the mountain, too, there is typically a normal route. But even so, there are infinite paths to the summit. It is up to you and only you to choose how to climb. If it feels right to open your own trail, blaze away! Fight the pressure of seeing people doing it easier on the already paved path. If the normal route is your way, there is plenty of space to make it your own! Ignore the distractions of people doing it differently, as only you know when to hike, when to rest, and what food tastes good at each moment in time.
Find your North. Embrace your North. Live your North.
Peace and happiness don’t just await you at the summit, if you pay attention, they will accompany you along the way.
Enjoy the climb!
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