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Friday, May 29, 2009

Pure Joy

"“I've learned that everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you're climbing it.” ~ Anonymous

In this season in my life of abject apathy towards exercising and intense disinterest towards any type of sweat-drenching physical exertion, the only activity I find myself missing is not running long distances, nor walking numerous miles, but climbing mountains.

The mountain on this shot is Mount Kinabalu in Sabah, Borneo. Eleven years ago, I welcomed the sunrise of my 28th birthday on top of this mountain. I'm so glad I did that. It took quite a lot of planning, but standing there on the peak, waiting for the sun to come up on my natal day, was worth all the logistical work.

I savored every minute of that trip. It was a time when I was fully present in the moment and wanted to be nowhere else in the world than where I was. Pure joy.

That, I miss.

(Photo credit: Agron)


bluggerbug said...

Wish I could climb mountains with you! Sigh.

Mayang said...

Maybe we can plan a day trek to Pinatubo next time you're in Manila!

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