Scribblings: The Mountain Experience

SCRIBBLINGS DATED 28 JULY 2013

As I come to the end of days in Taiwan, experienced my fair share of discomfort, pain and suffering; the epiphany that came out of it was unexpectedly rewarding. Though I did not climb the nodes of Taiwan, I did so for the seven nodes and Mount Biang of Brunei, hence I could identify with that rather unpleasant experience.

The ascent up is definitely difficult with every step; filled with rocks that can cause one to stumble or fall off the cliffs, plants that cut into the flesh, slops that seem impossible to climb, mosquitoes that stalks one through the entire journey. Much ‘what-ifs’ plagues the mind continuously, complaints and whining are not too far away and beads of sweat irritates the eyes. The desperation when you realize you’re still a distance away from the peak and too far off from the foot of the mountain to turn back to.

Yet diligence [almost always] reaps rewards. The view from the top is unparalleled unlike any other; the steep and breathtaking mountain views, the [really] clear blue skies, the smell of the winds mixed with the scent of grass, the rays of the [setting] sun, the stellar show of stars that fill the night sky, oh what glee!

And isn’t that how life is? [Life] will always reward the diligent and those who stuck all through the way. Pain may be temporary, but the view from up there is worth much more. Some mountain-scaling may be obligatory, some voluntary. But if you could make it all the way to the top, that experience has not been wasted and instead turns into a rather fruitful one. Something beautiful can come out from your mountain experience.

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