A friend of mine shared a very poignant video with me this morning. It’s a smidge long, but I felt compelled to watch it in its entirety once he started speaking.
I’ve alluded to how I feel about this before, but I’m starting to think my focus on the blog was not what I’d originally intended.
I love what he says about how we always show the summit, but not the hill. I think we all need to share more of the hills and the struggles if we hope to send a message that the outdoors is really for everyone. My problem is that the hill is often so damn hard that I don’t take the time to stop and pull out my camera. But I suppose being a responsible(ish) adult, I could just use my words.
I was thinking the other day about my intention, specifically that it wasn’t clear. Is it to get followers? No. Well not exactly. I definitely want to reach people that I could potentially help, but I’m not stressing over numbers and likes and whatnot. The things that get me in the old heart strings are those messages of kindness. The people who are inspired to go outside because of something they read. Or the folks who didn’t think they could, who did. Those are the people who inspire me!
The number of kids out there suffering with depression breaks my heart. I think realism is something lacking online these days. Just like the dude in the video mentioned. We all post our best selves, but never the struggle. That’s a huge part of the troubles the younger generation is facing right now.
A good friend of mine once said that he always shows my blog posts to his daughter so she can see that a woman can do anything solo that she sets her mind to. I hadn’t thought of it that way before, but I like the thought of that. Let’s make a better example for these kids.
Sometimes people see these pictures of places I’ve been and want to visit as well but feel as if they couldn’t make it themselves. I think anyone can with just a little care and thought. Maybe it’s the care and thought involved that I need to talk about more often.
The journey isn’t about the summit. It’s about the trip up the mountain. It really doesn’t matter how long it takes to climb it, or even if you make it to the top at all. It’s the adventure in getting there and trying something outside of your comfort zone.
Let’s all resolve to build others up. Do something nice for someone else just because you can. If you see someone struggling, lend a hand. And definitely if you witness bullying, Internet or otherwise, speak up! Most of all resolve to be present with others. There’s no better gift than your time.
After seeing this video I’m resolving to talk more about the whole story… and to put down my cell phone!
What are you going to do?