What in the impossible of possible made me excited about climbing Monseratte?!An entire 3,152 metres above the capital city, Bogota. I will allude it the mountain´s history and a tad bit of curiosity on my end. Except, I have not been physically active in a while (too long to recall). Still, it was on my list of things to do so I packed water, eatables, my tripod (can’t be risking bad photos in 2020), notebook and Golden Arrowhead of course.
Below the base of the mountain, there was a juice vendor encouraging me to buy his juice. I declined but immediately got the feeling that I’d made a poor choice so I bought the juice. It was definitely an initial poor choice! The starting point is 300 meters high, it’s 8am and I’m full of energy and enthusiasm. Vamonos! My next time check tells me it´s only 8:15am but my energy has massively depleted (my first stop) and enthusiasm, what enthusiasm?!
For the next seventy minutes I stop quite a few times telling myself ¨rest is necessary¨, contemplate the self-induced torture, smile with those passing by, take much-needed water breaks and countless photos because I felt like I was dying and if I did, I wanted everyone to see that I did so trying. At this time, I’m also humming Chandelier by Sia, “But I’m holding on for dear life, won’t look down, won’t open my eyes..”
Blood, sweat and tears atop Monseratte – minus the blood. This hike was not fun and certainly not easy but the reward is a breathtaking panoramic view of the capital´s 1700-sq-km spread worth every dreadful step. True to plan, I proudly whipped out my Golden Arrowhead and when anyone asked where I’m from I didn’t hesitate to tell them. Guyana? Correct!
When someone says to me as I´m often now told, “You’re living your best life!”, I want them to know that we are all capable of living our best lives. One of the biggest reasons some of us aren´t is because we´re fearful that our plans go contrary to our preconceived ideas. I´ll tell you this, even when things don´t work out according to your plan know that they will work out, anyway. Living your best life does not mean that the fear, doubt or anxiety vanishes.
For me, it means that even with those emotions present, amassing the courage to take action and faith that everything will be well. With the fear, doubt and sometimes anxiety I’ve done it and you are beyond any shadow of a doubt capable of doing it, too. Everything you imagine is possible and everything you need is already within you. Whatever´s your vision of your life- your best life-dare to live it greatly!
It’s only impossible until it’s done! Ask me all your questions below.