Sometimes things do not go as planned. Sometimes what you set out to do or to accomplish doesn’t happen. Life brings us many surprises. Things that we cannot possibly anticipate tend to happen. Just because you did not do exactly what you set out to, it doesn’t mean you failed. There was a time that I thought failure meant that you didn’t do it how you had it in your mind. Now, I believe that if you went out there and gave it what you had, then you have succeeded.
I like to ride my bike. I like to climb mountains. On more than one occasion, a mountain has entered my life, only to re-enter years later. There have been times when I attempted a mountain, and did not make it to the top. There have also been times when I have been close to or heard about a mountain, but it didn’t enter my life at that time. These beauties had a way of coming back into my life that could not have been anticipated, and in which offered such a sweet, sweet ending. If you consider sweat, fear, and tears a road to a sweet ending.
I present to you Croix de Fere, a magnificent mountain the French Alps. It has made multiple appearances in the Tour de France. The first time I met this mountain, I was an extremely green, very beginner, ‘cyclist’. I had really just learned to ride a road bike, if you could call what I was doing ‘riding’. And there I was, brute forcing my way up this crazy climb. That day, I simply bit off bite sized pieces and kept on pedaling, one small section at a time.
That day wasn’t the day that I would summit. However, that day was the day that I realized I can do this!! If I put my mind to it, I can climb magnificent French mountains!!! Years later, with much more experience under my belt, I was lucky enough to have another wonderful encounter with this beautiful climb. There are many details to be told, and which present a story for another day. The point is, summit or no summit, there I was – doing something that I didn’t even know I could do. And both times, there was absolutely no denying the absolute beauty of my surroundings. As challenging as it was, I was lost in the harmonious feeling of being one with the earth. I felt like a tiny, insignificant dot on this breathtaking road, engulfed in mountainous magnificence.
Thus, as you go forth at the beginning of this New Year…how will you define failure? And what will you set your heart on doing?