Mountain: I OWE You A LOT 


Why I am asking myself to climb to your peak? Perhaps because you’re serene and calm and that’s something I want to embrace. You tempted me once and I flirted with you not just once. I told myself to stop, but you told me to rest. I don’t know that much about you, but you have allowed your challenging track to let me know that you’re not just merely an alp. You never promise me anything, but you have divulge me many things. You never told me anything so I will love being with you, but I slowly saw the real you after several tries of attempting to know you.

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I remember how I have struggled. I find my way out. I find my way through. It is by suffering from pain means I’ve struggled, it pushes me to evade, run and flee, hide and ignore. Through escaping and denial, I was able to alleviate the burdens of struggle. However, the struggle remains hidden in my deepest thought and it grows freely without bothering of being fought. But all of those were fought by the mountain I once have thought was just a mere mountain without bringing the healing touch that I have sought. I owe you the hidden healing, the mysterious touch of your innate beauty that even up to this time, you remain silent and you haven’t told me the reason behind.

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Some might not like you, because you’re far to reach and you’re tough. Some actually like you because you’re what you are. Honestly, I like you, the idea of traipsing my feet on your highest point is the result of my imagination of liking you. It is just part of me confirming to the idea of liking you. It is simply a plain idea, the feeling of being satiated and the fulfillment of being able to tell to the world, I have touched the highest you. Those were merely an idea that kept playing in my mind because you’re tough and you’re not easy to reach. Now that I’m telling you that you were formerly just an idea and far from the reality of truly loving to embrace the genuine you.

Will you tell me that I don’t actually deserve to love you? I am now slowly taking away the plain idea about who you really are. I have started appreciating you, the tough trail you have provided, the panoramic view that unfolds before my eyes. The strength you required, the challenge you offer, the life lessons you divulge on every trail that are far from the scope of my school tuition fees. You’re truly an eminent beyond compare.

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I saw you standing on your own, silently embracing the life of being far from being known. There are times, you’re being disturbed of fame you never imagined you could own, and yet you remain calm and silent without bothering to embrace the fame you never expected to have shown. This is what I’ve I told you before, you never promise me anything, but you have imparted me the lesson I have stumbled upon and that is to be humble because I have nothing to own. Someday, the fame will be gone, but keeping my feet on the ground will give me the name that will never break down.

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Yes, you’re tough that’s why you’re not being enjoyed by many of us. You pluck up our nerve, and we must cleverly search for passes that straddle it, caves that burrow through it, paths that wind around it. Perhaps we grit our teeth, and grimly detonate our way across it, or slowly and laboriously telling ourselves that we can traverse through it. Despite the struggle on the trail you have provided, and though we may succeed to reach your peak. But the truth is, we will never get tired of reaching your peak because you’re like a gem we can never own, but leaves us lesson that we can all bring home.

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You have rescued and help not only one burden heart and soul. You as well have encountered a lot of lost heart and soul. They scream out to your face everything that have made their heart heavy, the struggles they face because deep within them, they can find the solace of release. Everything you’ve known you keep it in your throne and this is how you care and understand the people that has a painful life’s thorn.

Photo Credit: Arnold of Wandering Soul Scamper

We’re not going to stay on the summit forever and that’s the reality. Then why do we keep climbing the mountain after all?  There are different reasons why we keep climbing the mountain, but one thing that always remind me of, is the feeling of recognizing what is below and what is above, because staying below will never give you the idea of knowing what is above. This is I guess where we acquire the idea of fulfillment, something that makes us happy whenever we see what’s on the summit, something that we can’t explain that even words can’t truly convey.

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39 thoughts on “Mountain: I OWE You A LOT 

  1. Oh man, this is so deep and from the heart! With mountains, I always think of the struggles you face (the hiking of trekking part), the bliss when reach the top (the majestic view), and the downhill (the downward path if things are mismanaged). It has always been like that on how I figuratively describe mountains. I haven’t climbed one yet but it’s in my bucket list and this gives me courage to pursue that item. It’s different for and surely different for me. Yet who knows? There could be some similes or metaphors that could me similar. Hope to read more soon!!

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  2. Dude, you can make a novel out of this! 😀 Kidding aside, I am not a regular climber since I have fear of heights. ;P However, I still enjoy mountaineering every now and then. That kind of natural high, like literally, you get whenever you reached the top is always fulfilling.

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  3. I love your post! I love the words you chose to describe your journey and how they are perfectly matched with your stunning photos.. I was not really engaged yet with mountaineering but I love to challenge myself soon.. it has been my goal to have a major climb someday.. i wonder how rewarding it feels like when you reached the summit after all those challenging hiking you had.. thanks for inspiring me Lai

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  4. “Ode to a Mountain” can be an alternative title for this post. 😉 Makes me want to go to the nearest mountain and start hiking. I’ve always planned to go mountain climbing (it’s actually in my bucket list), but I have never really gotten around to actually doing it yet. The closest I’ve done so was when we went to several TV/radio towers on top of the mountain as part of the college curriculum. ^_^;

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  5. I loved your words. The text connects to the images in a very inspiring way. It also makes me want to go to the mountains and ignore my fear of heights :p. Those pictures are amazing!

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  6. You are such a poetic soul! Your words make me smile and ponder while reading your post. I guess, you changed my perspective about mountain climbing and mountains, Thank you for this inspiring story.

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  7. I like your concept of wanting to be at the summit. More than the beauty of looking from above, it is the pleasure of contentment and success, of conquering the fear of the unknown and yes- recognizing what is below and what is above, because staying below will never give you the idea of knowing what is above. I hope I still possess that same drive, energy and thinking when it’s time for me to conquer the summit.

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  8. Your photos are stunning! But, one of the first things that came to my mind was fear of falling. I’m afraid of heights. Just looking at your photos on top of the mountain made my knees feel like jello! 😉

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  9. I love the way you’re telling this story. It’s great to read and very inspiring. A good way to learn about your reasons to climb the mountain and see how you feel about it. The view and your pictures are of course incredible. But the words really describe your experience and I love it! So unique.

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  10. Well written. I do not climb. But, I wanted to try. This inspires me to go for it – at least a real climb experience that will make me really enjoy the summit making the journey all worth it 🙂

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  11. I liked the conversation. Mountains are mysterious, attraction to some but shunned by some too. i Find them thrilling and exciting. Terrific captures of you on mountains, a kind of victory!

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  12. Mountains are really majestic and for me one of the most beautiful of natural phenomena on earth. I always find myself in awe of mountains, find them like a fatherly figure, who stand solid like a rock, encouraging and motivating us to accept and conquer all challenges.

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  13. Why do we always shout when we’re on top of the mountain, right? I tried to climb some hills, but that’s all I can do for now. It’s a real physical activity that I’ve associated with the most fit for all challenges – be it physical or emotional. And sometimes, I can’t help to think that to love climbing a peak, entails a lot of emotions and not just energy. You’ve poured your soul on this post. Love it!

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  14. I enjoyed this essay + analogy! Great insights on the mountain, which I see as a metaphor for anything big worth doing for ourselves. I’ve climbed before, and it can be so tempting to just not scale the entire route. But I always think of the FEELING of reaching the summit, and it helps me to go on, to not stop pushing myself. This is the same in LIFE, with anything worth pursuing. Thank you for the thoughtful reminder!

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  15. This is such a beautifully written piece. I absolutely agree with you. By staying below, we won’t be able to see what is above. It may be a struggle or a real challenge. However, when we are able to reach the top, the feeling of accomplishment is really great.

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  16. I agree with everything that’s written here! Climbing mountain is not easy but everything is worth it when you conquer it and see the view up in the summit. I remember my first time climbing a mountain and after that, I am totally hooked. You can see the world in a different perspective.

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  17. I love your ode to the mountain and hiking. I’m not a big hiker myself but I love being in nature. Your photos are stunning and totally matched your words too. Such an inspiring way to see the world 🙂

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  18. Wow .. I’m kind of speechless by the photo’s you took! A big congratulations to you for taking these amazing shots! They match perfectly with this ode to the mountain. I’m not really a (good) hiker, but I totally understand what you mean 😉

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  19. Most profound introspection. May times I feel so small yet powerful when I am in the midst of mountains. I cannot just the write the feeing. You don’t seem scared of sitting and standing at the edge of cliffs too. I never could do it .

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  20. I love this so much. We owe our Mother Earth and her gifts so much, yet many take it all for granted. Mountains are humbling yet give us such a sense of achievement once we reach the top – all about finding the balance and respect in between. Thanks for sharing

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  21. I am starting to fall in love with mountains… starting off by collecting gears, looking for hiking shoes, and friends who loves climbing too! Thank you po sa post, sana mas madami tayong pinoy na mainlove sa kalikasan

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  22. I love the way you’ve dedicated your love to the mountain and that yo admitted it was not love at first sight. I guess I can understand, when we are young we don’t really see the beauty of hiking a mountain, we see the struggle. But as we grow old, the struggle transforms into the effort we put in for the reward which waits for us at the top. In my country, we have a saying: respect the mountain, and it will respect you back by being kind.

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  23. I have never done it but I am guessing that climbing mountains will be such an exhilarating experience. Imagine having to conquer such heights not to mention the catching of breaths and the tired muscles. I bet it will all be worth it once you reach the summit. I am also thinking it would sort of give you a positive perspective about life, thankful and grateful for the marvel of nature before you. I would really love to climb a mountain before I am too old for it!

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  24. First of all, congrats. You have conquered your fear and made friends with the mountains. I just love the pictures you have and the entire post is your dedication to your love for these mountains. I feel your love and I have a similar regard for them. More than love, it is respect for them in my heart !

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  25. “Someday, the fame will be gone, but keeping my feet on the ground will give me the name that will never break down.”

    I truly agree on this line. Concise and profound idea my friend. Being humble is what makes us attain inner peace and be more connected to Him, nature and the people around us. :))

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  26. “why do we keep climbing the mountain after all?”

    For me it would be because it gives me a new perspective. It gives me hope that if I can endure the sad awful truths of climbing, if I can take the most difficult paths with stride just to get to my goal, I can use this thought to apply in my real life. Life after all is much like a mountain. There are ups, and downs, and you would absolutely love to get up everytime you are down. :p

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  27. You do have a love affair with mountains. It’s amazing how you were able to express it well on this letter. I have a love-hate relationship with it, and I probably will never love it as much as you do. But I do get you, in some ways. Conquering a mountain gives a different kind of high.

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  28. Your words are so inspiring! You ask some good questions that are so true about life. Why do we keep climbing the mountain? Very profound. You write beautifully and your photos are great!

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  29. I can appreciate the fondness for mountains in your words. There is a sense of honesty in what you have written. Indeed you are a mountain friend and I hope you keep on your conversations with these gentle giants.

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  30. Reaching the peak is perhaps the goal in every trek we do. We aim to conquer our fear of heights or see from above the beauty of nature below. And I agree with you. Reaching its highest point gives us a sense of fulfillment no one could even understand or explain.

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