“You’re off to Great Places!
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting,
So… get on your way!”
~ Dr Seuss, Oh, The Places You’ll Go!
Often people ask why on earth we hang out together. Honestly, if we took personality or aptitude tests we’d most likely all score differently – in extremes. We are a melting pot of varied pasts, experiences, and beliefs! Heck, we sometimes or often disagree on principle aspects of life. Not about things like which way the toilet paper should roll…but on subjects like parenting, politics, relationship, and spirituality. 🙂 It literally leaves some people scratching their heads as to why or even how we’re friends.
We’ve fought. We’ve hugged. We’ve morphed, grown, cried, laughed, and set off on daring adventures together. We’ve lost. And oh how we’ve won.
This group you see, this amazing crazy little group that I love, has been with me for years now. Through all of my ups and downs and in-betweens (*ahem*…and yes melodrama…).
I can’t even put a number on this group since it’s so fluid, yet at the core, even through the ebbs and flows, it remains the same. People come, they go, they return.
Recently I’ve returned of sorts – and sat at the kitchen table, looking around at these women in awe. We are incredible.
What is the similarity? The bond that keeps us together?
Mountains of STRENGTH.
The very essence of us.
Our shared desire to dare, overcome, hustle, and work through the obstacles. Our inner drive, our resolution.
Mountains – both figuratively and literally are what unite us in my opinion. We’ve moved mountains to reach goals and/or to help others, we’ve faced what has seemed like a mountain of <insert challenge/obstacle here/life-altering moments here>, we’ve hiked together and individually some of the tallest mountains all over the world, and some of us even fell in love on mountains and with mountains.
My personal thought is that to face a mountain is to face my self. Whether it’s a figurative or literal mountain, each time is an opportunity to take a good hard look within.
As life goes on, each with our faults and areas to build upon – we continue to climb upward. Not without misstep, however the effort is continuous and in earnest.
“When the sun is shining I can do anything; no mountain is too high, no trouble too difficult to overcome.” ~ Wilma Rudolph
So as I sat silently looking at these incredible women last weekend, and thinking of the others, a profound smile came across my lips and my heart felt full. We’ve come so far ladies, each and everyone of us. I’m proud. And humbled. And comforted.
That’s it really. With mountains as our bond, we are a sisterhood of sorts – no matter how odd it seems from the outside looking in. 😉