Especially when you reach a goal. A difficult one. A goal that is your personal Mt. Kilimanjaro!!
I love mountains. Majesty. Beauty. Fresh Air. Yet at this point in my life, I’m “temporarily” resigned to life in the literal flat lands of Florida. I will have to be content to mountain hike and climb vicariously/symbolically through my goals! Less exercise, or is it? depends on your goal(s)!
Growing up in the North, my family would vacation in the mountains. Do you like mountains? Do you climb mountains? I hope to reach the summit of my Everest 1 day. Summiting would be too costly for me…can’t afford that right now, anyway. One can envision. One can hope.
Life in Florida has been like my “7 years in Tibet” but longer–a transformation/growth as a person (partner, mom, caregiver, friend) outside the comforting cocoon/land of my relatives and upbringing.
Thinking of mountain climbing, etc. brings me to Heinrich Harrer and transformation as a person experiencing hardships, exposure to the Tibetan culture and friendship with the Dalai Lama. Harrer died in 2006. The Dalai Lama lives.
I found these interesting excerpts from Harrer’s Obituary published in the New York Times by Douglas Martin:
“Just months before the movie’s release, the German magazine Stern added a startling and disagreeable new dimension to Mr. Harrer’s life story; it reported that he enlisted in Hitler’s storm troopers in 1933, when they were still illegal in Austria.”
“Five years later, he enlisted in the SS, the Nazi organization responsible for countless atrocities, and rose to sergeant. He asked the SS leader, Heinrich Himmler, for permission to marry in 1938, giving proof that he and his fiancée were Aryans. He later said he wore his SS uniform only once, the day of that marriage to Charlotte Wegener. In a ceremony celebrating the Eiger triumph in 1938, Mr. Harrer shook hands with Hitler and had his picture taken with him.”
“Mr. Harrer reacted to the disclosure of a Nazi past by …