There are two mountains that we climb, an external and internal with all of these moments of choice and opportunity. This page is a growing compilation of personal stories and quotes from some amazing human beings, meant to motivate those who need a bit of help in reaching their “summit” in life!
Note: You can source more material from some authors by clicking on their name.
“The harder you fall, the heavier your heart; the heavier your heart, the stronger you climb; the stronger you climb, the higher your pedestal.”
“Finding yourself” is not really how it works. You aren’t a ten-dollar bill in last winter’s coat pocket. You are also not lost. Your true self is right there, buried under cultural conditioning, other people’s opinions, and inaccurate conclusions you drew as a kid that became your beliefs about who you are. “Finding yourself” is actually returning to yourself. An unlearning, an excavation, a remembering who you were before the world got its hands on you.”
― Emily McDowell
“…In a world where society is constantly telling us we’ve never been more connected, I was experiencing quite the opposite. I was having daily episodes of detachment; from both myself and the universe. Waking up most days feeling disassociated or knowing it would happen, was unnerving. It was as if a hazy blur stood between me and others, but I was the only one who felt it. As most would normally go about their day, I was invariably having to find ways to cope and feel grounded throughout mine. Ways such as taking my shoes off and feeling the grass between my toes, smelling my favorite essential oil (it’s sweet orange and peppermint by the way) or sipping my morning latte while breathing in the beauty of the world. Climbing that peak so to speak. Remaining present in a world that is ever changing, is learning to continually come home to ourselves minute by minute, hour by hour, day by day. And in these moments, we begin to realize that accomplishing anything great in life requires us to make significant changes, even uncomfortable ones that push us beyond our comfort zones. In whatever capacity that may look like for you…”
― Michelle Widner
“I Am Strong”
“There are two sides. They exist in harmony. Both are necessary. One side exists in order to keep the other alive. One side must be fed, the other kept hungry. One side is understood, the other taboo. A shadow is cast in the presence of light. Complexity not easily understood. The burden is mine. Warrior by trade.”
― Chad Wright
“On a mountain, you will be a real hero when you come back safely.” After successfully summiting Mount Everest, the journey back down turned fatal. Pandey and his guide bypassed Camp IV and headed straight Camp III for safety reasons. Due to darkness and fatigue, they could not reach Camp III and were compelled to stay at Camp IV which is located in the “Death Zone.” This is an area above 8000 meters, where oxygen is 34% the concentration it is on the ground below. His guide was concerned as there was not enough supplemental oxygen, food or drinkable water. Looking back, Pandey remembered one should not let oneself die unless the heart stops. “It was the best struggle of my life. A man should struggle to survive unless they are finished.” Pandey ate ice as water and persevered. This incident made him more confident and hopeful in life. It has taught him to be calm, disciplined and motivated.
― Prakash Raj Pandey
“Life is known to change its path as we go; sometimes the paved direction has no path. Everyone unique is falling into the same pattern, where different thinking is frowned upon. Chaos is the only world that exists. It’s up to us, to see beyond the boundaries shown or live inside the circle drawn. Sometimes the hardest decisions are the ones that make us stand out. Rising above all hate is the only way. The climb isn’t easy, you go through darkness and nightmares, but you will see the entrance to glory on the other end!”
― Karthik Prakash