This is a call to all the climbers out there.
To the people not done chasing those towering peaks called,
To the fighters pushing to outlast the challenges of a difficult world,
To the lovers opening their hearts to an uncertain world,
To the visionaries with eyes for future worlds:
You saw the mountaintops from some distant vantage point,
You see nothing but inclines, obstacles, and bad weather,
You do not see your progress,
You will see the colossus, sky full of wonder, fruit of your labor, if you:
The challenge of your now is
Remembering your then
Without forgetting your tomorrow, while you:
It will always be harder than you thought.
You will not be prepared for every challenge that greets you.
But you do not know yourself as well as you believe.
You are a creature of the universe, made from stars, capable of infinite possibility.
Whether it’s a Career,
An act of creation,
Each moment, you move closer.
Each effort, pushes you along.
Progress cannot be stopped by slow progress.
Growth is painful, debilitating, uncomfortable.
For someday soon,
You will reach your mountaintop.
Your heart and soul will inflate with the joy of completion.
Your lungs will fill with the most refreshing, pure, crisp air.
You will believe you can live eternally on the bounty of this moment.
And just then you will see
A pantheon of peaks resplendent with the trappings of worlds as yet unknown to you.
And you will realize then, that you must