Friday, October 17, 2008

"Adventurers Don't Give Up....."




Adventurers don't give up...
We may change course, traverse around obstacles, maybe just back off and find another starting point sometimes...
We often choose different goals, frequently modify objectives, even set our focus upon another more attainable summit...
But adventurers don't give up...
We may try a hundred times, have to then try a dozen more, only to find just a few more efforts are still needed...
We attempt to understand things differently, we discover ways to use new eyes, we even create totally unusual means to get by out there...
Still, adventurers don't give up...
We often curse the conditions and weather, maybe batter ourselves against the elements, and at times we just can't seem to get ahead of the winds...
We do our best to plan and prepare, to temper and train our body and mind, and yet sometimes still no further ground is gained...
We may give in at moments, we ease off, we let go a bit, time out in ways, we may even quit for some intense brief moments...
We learn hard lessons, and then have to frustratingly learn them over again, and sometimes even more painfully yet again...
But adventurers don't give up...
We sometimes doubt, we often question ourselves, we usually feel anxiousness, and fears, and the occasional waning of confidence...
We make mistakes, have setbacks, even royally screw up...
Even still, adventurers don't give up...
We get injured, endure endless soreness and discomforts, feel physical, emotional, and spiritual pains...
We have to earn our way through tiring efforts, we shed tears and sweat, we go out as a group only to find conflict at times, we share with partners and may then go our separate ways, we head out solo and also might feel very lonely...
We complain, we grump, maybe even whine...
At times we lose our inspiration, certain moments undermine our level of enthusiasm, our dedication may even lessen when the distractions increase...
We get tired, we struggle, lose our way, get way off course, we fall, we flail, even mumble that we might have had enough...
But still again, adventurers don't give up...
We know... that if we go out long enough, and far enough, and high enough... we all will experience such trials many times over...
Then, when the years have passed and we ponder the lives out there we have lived, even with the inherent endless challenges...
We will still smile, and remember, and muse about how we have never truly, ever, given up...
We know in our hearts too that the wild places will never give up on us...
Then we'll turn once more into the wind and begin yet again because adventurers don't give up.....
DSD



3 comments:

Adventure Junkie said...

So well said, and your words are so true. You would know, because that adventurer's spirit burns inside of you as well. :)

Anonymous said...

Adventure is pushing on when the odds seem stacked against you. Never would Macchu Picchu have been found if Hiram Bingham didn't push on. Or Marco Polo's trip would have ended.

By the way, that last picture is absolutely stunningly scary.

Mini Me said...

You're right, that was perfect. Well said and timely - thanks for suggesting it.