5 Things You Discover About Life After Climbing Your First Mountain

You can learn some unexpected lessons even from a simple hike.

By Mathew S. Chan
September 03, 2015


Mountain climbing and trekking are difficult but rewarding in the end. Much like life, you have to face it in stages. In the end, there are things you learn from the challenges you face while hiking that really resonate with real life. Here are 5 things you learn about life after climbing your first mountain.

1. Life can be daunting.
Like climbing a mountain, life can be very daunting. The thought of all the challenges you have to face can easily leave you cowering in fear, but that’s okay. Life isn’t supposed to be easy because if it were, it wouldn’t be worth living. Let life scare you, but don’t let it cripple you. Reaching the peak of the mountain is exhilarating, and gaining different experiences in life can give you the same feeling.

2. You have to keep both your mind and body healthy.
You can’t climb a mountain if you aren’t ready and don’t have the proper tools. When you begin the steep ascent up and reach the harder points, you’ll realize you haven’t been keeping in shape and that’s where the difficulty lies. Like tackling a mountain, in life you need to be psychologically prepared because things aren't always going to go as planned. You'll need a strong and clear mind to face challenges and solve problems. If you don’t maintain your body and mind, you might find yourself getting tired and depressed. Keep yourself healthy, and you’ll enjoy life more.

3. Learn to accept help because you can’t go through everything alone.
We like to believe that we can go through life alone, but no matter how independent we are, sometimes we just need help. When you’re going up steep cliffs and navigating long, narrow paths, support from others can help you carry on and not give up. And when you are at the brink of stopping, a few helping hands can guide you and motivate you to power through.

4. Push yourself.
When you’re on your last leg before reaching the summit, you need to push yourself to succeed. If you go through life without any motivation, you won’t go far. You can have support from others, but if you don’t believe in yourself and try, nothing will happen. During those times on your hike when the air is barely there and you’re fighting for breath, you have to push if you want to succeed or give up and suffer. You are your own success. You make your own goals and you drive yourself forward in order to achieve them. Push yourself to reach those last steps because:

5. In the end, it will all be worth it.
Once you reach the top and you see the beautiful scenery, all your problems just go away. The hardships you experienced and the wounds you gained throughout the journey won’t matter because you made it. You did what you set out to do, and you wonder why you ever doubted yourself. Just like you’ve climbed a mountain, you can also succeed in life. The best part is looking back at where you started and comparing it with how far you’ve come. When you achieve something, no one can take that away from you. The next thing to do is find the next mountain, keep climbing, and keep living.