I read something (in, “Training for the New Alpinism”) recently that resonated with me: “It is not our natural tendency to value struggle over success...”.
Isn’t that the truth? Don’t we see a day spent falling and failing as less valuable than a day spent coasting? Obviously, we’re wrong, though. There’s really very little value in continuous success, other than in the success itself. But in struggle? There’s value from start to finish. We see things as they are, without the filter of comfort and contentment. And maybe that stings for a little bit, but it is, after all, valuable. Because if you aren’t struggling, you’ve probably plateaued. And I’ll take jagged, steep peaks over plateaus any day.
• (But... don’t quote me on this the next time I’m struggling at skiing or snowboarding or ice climbing or on a difficult hike 😛)
• 📸: @adam.doering