Friday, May 26, 2017

Stay the course and climb for the heights

“It is not the mountain that we conquer but rather ourselves.” Edmund Hillary

Edmund Hillary was born to two parents in New Zealand. As a boy he was hardly the type that one would anticipate to climb and conquer the earth’s highest mountain. He was smaller than most other children and this was why he never pursued sports. As Hilary got older, he decided that he wanted to serve his country. Hilary served in World War two. It was after his service that he decided to pursue his passion of mountain climbing. Edmund Hillary faced many battles that easily could have derailed him from his goal. Hillary did not allow himself to be sidetracked. Having been in the World War Two, I am positive that Edmund Hillary witnessed must difficulty and tragedy. It seemed as though Hillary was truly motivated to pursue his passion by what he witnessed in war.

Edmund Hillary decided to attempt Mt. Everest alongside Tanzing Norgay. The two men made a pact to not reveal who reached the top of the mountain first because they both realized that it was not important. On May 29, 1953 Edmund Hillary along with his climbing partner were able to reach the top of Mt. Everest. After seven weeks of climbing, it was inconsequential who stepped to the very highest peak first to the men. Once the men accomplished their goal they both attained celebrity. Life was not all sunshine and roses for the men following their accomplishment. Edmund Hillary in 1975 underwent a great loss, his wife Louise and their 16 year old daughter Belinda were both killed in a tragic airplane crash. Hillary was a man who had conquered the highest mountain in the world, but he was not invincible to one of life’s greatest tragedies. I think it is important that we all remember that we are capable of great things but life is full of curveballs and we always have to be prepared. Edmund Hilary had an affinity for heights and climbing since he was a young boy. He first realized his draw towards climbing on a school trip.  It is important for us to remember to not allow life altering accident to cause us to lose track of our dreams. I would love to hear any thoughts that you may have and I thank you for reading.
~Noelle

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