As I grow older, I have wondered why I had to get to this age before learning all of these lessons I am mastering of late. The answer came to me the other day while walking with a friend and talking about our lives like good friends do. We walk east first and then turn around and walk home. Each time we turn – there it is – the picture perfect, gorgeous view of Pikes Peak, drawing us back home with its inspiring vista. The sight never fails to lift my heart.
At the end of our walk, it came to me that each time we raise a foot to step forward, we are momentarily off balance. Watch a one year old learning to walk and you’ll know just what I mean. We adults are too practiced to notice anymore. Every life is just such a mountain and until we stop the climb, we are going to keep having those off-balance moments.
So why do we keep learning the lessons? Every time we raise our foot, we cover new territory. Life is a journey that isn’t meant to be static. We can’t know all the answers so we mess up because we move. We practice and we get better (in our wise old age) but if we keep climbing – and we should – we will keep learning.
When I am off balance, I am vulnerable and that is scary at times but I am also moving and that is good. I have always loved the saying that success in life means getting up just one more time than the number of times you fall down. Adventure means moving forward and adventure is good. A mountain taught me that.