Friday, January 30, 2009

Insight into Mt. Kilimanjaro

* As I continue my writings of this journey I am on, my one true committment is to find cures*

I must learn before I can teach. (Strong Feather)

Destiny will not take you anywhere you do not want to be led. Only you can make that call. (Strong Feather)

Preparing for my climb up Mt. Kilimanjaro is becoming a reality on many levels. One being the physical aspect and of course preparing one's mind. I question myself on all levels. Am I cut from the right cloth to be attempting this? Am I headed for disaster? Will I disappoint? Nobody can answer these questions for me. I am the only one who can and will make it happen. I am physically training. Focusing on my cardio, strethening my legs. All clear with every doctor I can think of. Series of tests taken, all good. One doctor stated "Your results are enviable". "Excellent, I'm rendered speechless". We chuckled about that because he is never rendered speechless. He was just trying to calm me down from what I was afraid to hear. I always question myself. Walking into the cardiologists for a Stress Echo was no exception. But he cleared me. Sent me out the door and wished me luck.

Now my journey begins as I continue to clear all obstacles from my path and continue to search inside beyond the physical. Mt. Hood taught me many lessons. Mt. Washington has given me confidence. Mt. Kilimanjaro will define me.

There is much to do. Time must be used wisely and decisions must be made with honesty and not with haste. Many talks with my boys. Promises not to be broken. Pursuing it all one foot in front of the other. Long walks by myself, isolating myself in the gym, closing my eyes during the day to think. Becoming quiet is more a state of mind now rather then talk about everything too much.

I am not alone with myself. I am surrounded by the beauty it all holds. The lessons and defining moments I will learn so I can pass it all on. Some will continue to roll there eyes and some will become inspired by me. But the greatest lesson I have already learned is to believe in myself and be ready for whatever life will hand me.

Following is an excerpt from a book I am reading.....
Making the Climb by John C. Bowling

"Every journey begins wih one step and the real challenge of attaining any goal is to begin.....begin with the end in mind. I am glad to be on my way. As I sit quietly, I think only of standing on the summit, stepping onto the roof of Africa, looking out across a continent. What will it be like to journey by foot above the clouds."

"It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves
- Hans Meyer

"You always pass failure on the way to success"
- Mickey Rooney

"E Pluribus Unum"

Depart for Africa - June 28th.
Arrive home - July 12th

All is good!!

Together is One
World Up!
Strong Feather Eileen

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Anonymous said...

Hey- I admire your adventure and cause. From watching the video below and seeing your past achievements, I don't think you're going to have any trouble on Kili. Best of luck and have a blast.

Sherri said...

Another great post and very thought provoking - very much so. Thanks for sharing your heart.

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