Life is a challenge, only those with the courage to accept this challenge by will are truly alive.Not everyone reaches the summit of life.The mountain is very steep, there are many avalanches, bad weather, falls and high altitudes.Life is a constant struggle to survive all the hardships and successfully reach the summit.But for some, it is only about escaping from limitations and exploring the boundless self.Those are the ones who make life an endless journey of self discovery, a series of overcoming trials, an expanding list of victories, and their faith rises during afflictions with leaps and bounds.
Some of the survivors of life are those who are met with rigid un-erasable boundaries, which stop them from reaching their thresholds.They cannot stand half way through the mountain when the summit is clearly visible. so they embrace strength, revive faith and break through the verges of inability, reaching out with full devotion to achieve excellence of life,and to experience it by being free, free of all stigma’s and handicaps.It is these few i can see standing on the top of the summit, showing us the snowy paths in the light of their achievement and chivalry, making life easier and encouraging for us.
Erik Weihenmayer is the name of one such valiant inspiration.He is ACTUALLY daunted as the successful climber of the seven summits, the higest peak each from every continent.These include Kilimanjaro (Africa), Denali (North America), Elbrus (Europe),Aconcagua (South America), Carstensz Pyramid(Oceania), Vinson (Antarctica) & Everest (Asia).According to Wikipedia, Erik is an acrobatic skydiver, long distance biker, marathon runner, skier, mountaineer, ice climber, and rock climber.
What’s so special about him?Many mountaineers have made it to the Seven Summits!Everything is SPECIAL about him, because he is the FIRST BLIND person to climb Everest to the summit on May 25th, 2001.He became blind due to a genetic retinal disease called retinoschisis which he had since birth, and resulted in total blindness by the age of 13.Still his ambitions to lead a normal life continued.He graduated from Boston University, and proceeded as a middle school teacher and a wrestling coach.He is the author of a book “Touch the Top of the World: A Blind Man’s Journey to Climb Farther Than the Eye can See“.
So in short, he is special, because of his relentless thrust for life.He had a vision,which many people with sight do not have.He was able to see that God doesn’t want him to suffer, he is short of one of his senses, but the rest are probably more efficient than an ordinary person.He knew he had to put in more efforts to prove something, but he was totally capable of it, and that only ambitious, brave, strong-willed, determined, passionate and those who have faith in God and then themselves are worthy of making it to the top, sight is no where in the list, vision is their though.Those who never quit, who are not stirred by adversity, who believe in the Creator, life and themselves, always find the way through the snowstorms.
His story really inspired me, and i decided to share with you all. I sometimes think that the disability of some makes them able.And those like us who are able at times show inability.WHY?Now i think i have the answer….we need to feel as passionately about something we have faith in, and then we need to jump start to meet the challenge and venture our hidden potential to achieve it.Passion and faith embraces able and disabled alike, no partiality….
Erik Talks About the Supportive Team which helped him reach the top:
A video portraying Erik’s journey to becoming the only blind man to have ever sumitted Mt. Everest.: