04 Apr

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Keep climbing!


It is said that a very small percentage of people on our beautiful planet set high objectives for themselves and have a vision of how to achieve them. They are initiators of their own success and permanent creators. These people lead very fulfilled lives, because there is a difference between living and just being alive. Most other people can be seen as passive observers of life. Life passes them by because they are afraid. Which group do you belong to? I think that the Alpinists who climb Mt. Everest belong to the first group. They not only have a vision, but they have devotion as well. They know almost all the faces of fear. Sometimes fear is an excellent trigger in the mountains, but when your goal is covered by clouds of fear, you are no longer the master of your destiny. You become a danger to your team and you make decisions that endanger others. In the mountain, just as in life, fear is a totally normal thing. If you do not admit that you are afraid, then you are in trouble – because this is immediately followed by panic. If you admit your fear and go on, you are close to the solution. One is most afraid of the unknown, and our biggest enemy is ignorance. Therefore, it is important after every expedition to transform all challenges into experiences. The more experience we have, the less fear there is on following expeditions, and our vision will be clearer and the summit closer.

What comes after Mt. Everest? A different summit? What can we expect other than an adrenaline addiction to eternal repetition? Everything goes round and round. There must be a way to overcome oneself and get out of that vicious circle. But how? In my opinion, the solution is in finding the right way, because “those who seek a destination are left empty when they reach it, but those who seek a path carry the destination in them forever”. The path is not a comet that flashes across the sky and then disappears, the path is a continuity. If you conquer Mt. Everest or break a world record along the road, well, it has happened. The results and the magnitude of the goal do not matter, it is the experience accumulated within you over time that helps you to be a better person. Life becomes quiet and peaceful if you remain on the path of virtue.

It is impossible to know oneself unless one confronts and resolves the problems encountered along one’s path. Mt. Everest is a great challenge that brings new knowledge and perception. Knowledge is always personal, the fruit of hard work and an open heart. Man always aspires for higher things – for God, the sky, ascent, elevation. It seems that the ultimate goal is to reach the sky, not to conquer the peak. The peak is a place where a man finds himself through the act of loosing himself. It is a moment when all wishes, hopes, fears and desires become hushed, all masks fall, when you face yourself as you were created by God. You know you exist and that is enough for you.

Have you chosen your own Mt. Everest? You are motivated now, because you have set a high and distant goal for yourself. Have you asked yourselves what will happen when you reach that goal? Having reached one’s Mt. Everest after many sacrifices, successes and failures, and enormous dedication to the aim, one feels a huge emptiness. When I stood on the roof of the world I asked myself: “Is this the end of my road? Does one die after such fulfilment? Where should I go now?” After Mt. Everest, it is hard to find a new motive. The realization of great deeds imbues us with pleasure, but it also causes whirlpools of emptiness and self-satisfaction. And as you know, a man without an aim and a vision of how to achieve that aim looses the sense of living. So how can you go on?

Where does one go after Everest? Keep climbing! That is the solution.Keep climbing and a motive will appear. Until then, do not set enormous goals for yourself, just enjoy the ride .

Keep climbing!

Dragan Jacimovic



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