A Journey of Self-Reflection

Testing one’s own limits, to find that sense of self-actualization one needed, conquering the heights!  Translated…

Tibet, the third pole from the earth’s North AND South Poles.  The Tibetan Plateau that extended itself into the skies, became a single framed culture of history on its own, along with the residents’ faithfulness toward the Buddhist religion, making Tibet, the land, closest to heaven, a serene and mystic sect of nirvana all its own, the weather there varied from day to night, and, with the reduced amounts of oxygen, it’d called out to the tourists, but, not many dared ventured there.

like this 80-year-old man who became, the oldest man to climb up Mt. Everest, video from Youtube…

That day, in a Tibetan Culture Forum, the lecturer, Mao-Rong Lee Shared the interactions he’d shared with his fellow tourists to Tibet this year.  His sharing his experiences not only made me realize how many things of beauty are there, that the most beautiful things often grow in the most desolate of all places, also, from his experiences, I’d learned, that “if we don’t venture into the unknown, we’d lived our lives in vain.”

The elderly man that Mr. Lee talked about had a stroke a few years back, and, based off of his conditions, his family believed, that he wasn’t, fitted, to travel to Tibet at all, let alone, hiking up an eight-thousand-meter tall mountain—Mt. Everest, everybody tried deterring him from visiting this mystic place.

But the elderly had, insisted, that in his years that remained, he’d wanted, to challenge his physique, and his soul too, and, bravely, worked to defeat that physical, AND mental fear that he had, and, headed, to the tallest ridges of the world, to bear witness, to the majestic.  In the icy cold temperatures, the reduced amount of oxygen, the elderly took his steps, very slowly, worked harder than everybody else on the team, to make his way, and, in the end, because of his persistence in keep going, he’d finally, reached the destination.  The elderly man was ecstatic, not only over the majestic view, but how he was able to, conquer something out of his own life.

“Thankfully, I’d still, gotten here at last, I can, cross another item off of my life’s to-do-list.”  Mr. Lee, in the elderly’s persistence, and self-fulfillment, it’s, as if he saw the six incarnations of the Dalai Lama’s unwilling, to cave into the waves of living.  And, although the tourists were all middle aged and older, but, nobody had, been beaten by their own physical conditions and reduced their passions of conquering the world.

Just like the French literary, Proust stated, “The true journeys to discovery, it’s not in seeking out breathtaking sights, but in seeing the world, through a brand new perspective.”, a lot of people who’d never been to Tibet are still, drawn by its mysticism, believed, that going there, can turn one’s own life around, and yet, in truth, the drives behind the conquering of the mountains of Tibet didn’t come from without, it’s, from the inside of all tourists, who set their minds, to achieve, the impossible.

And, only when you’re, ready, to enter into the next peak of your own life, that, was when the trip becomes, meaningful, to you.

So, this, is a pilgrimage, something that we should all try to do, but, there are, more than one sort of pilgrimage, you can test your selves every single day, give your selves smaller challenges that you never thought you’re able to, manage, like picking up a new musical instrument now that you’re retired, and have more time on your hands, or, if you’re still working, challenge yourselves, on how to, do your tasks, in the shortest, and most efficient ways possible, you don’t really need to conquer the big waves (like in those surfing competitions???) or climb up those tall-tall mountaintops (i.e. Mt. Everest???), to accomplish this sense of self-actualization, you just have to find something you wanted to do, but never got around to, for whatever reasons there may have been, and just, do it!


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