While we did have a few days in February and loved that time we didn’t make it to Cham this summer like we did the last 2 years. Each June for those 2 years we’d spend a week under the expert guidance of James Thacker , well known Alpine Guide, awesome climber and altogether very good skier (broken ankle aside).
We gained so much in those short sojourns in terms of skills, experience, and most invaluably; awareness of ourselves . We awed at the vista’s, struggled with the altitude, reveled in the nightlife and celebrated our achievements (pedestrian as they may seem to some).
Sitting in a bar in Cham , listening to our friends talk about their achievements, goals, failures and fears I also learned the hard way that we need to accept a few things in life.
There isn’t time to do everything.
We aren’t good at everything. Not everyone likes the same adventures. Unless you are a full-time alpinist you simply aren’t going to achieve everything you aspire to ( or maybe its about resetting my aspirations?).
And I learned , most agonisingly that – it’s ok for all that to be true.
We set such high expectations on ourselves and it can be a catalyst for others expecting a lot of us (in our minds anyway). That pressure can steal the fun. Life is about balance . Mind, body and soul. We need a stop by the roadside sometimes to appreciate the view and remember why we are making the journey.
I didn’t make it to the alps this summer and I truly miss it . But you know what. That’s ok.