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"I became so desperate that I considered throwing Eric [Beck] off the ledge. I thought I could get down and then lie about what had happened. To my addled brain, this was plausible. Then I came to my senses and woke Eric up and told him that either he had to retreat or I'd throw him off. We went down and I never climbed again for a quarter of a century."

- Dave Cook about a new route on the Sentinel

Saturday, December 31st, 2011

Let the year go

This time I won’t write a brief recap of the year, however, during the last couple of days I’ve been reflecting on the bunch of things that happened.

Just like every other year, 2011 was packed with a lot of good things: travel, races, mountains, family, new and old friends, work, concerts, training… the list could be long. But it also had some very rough moments: losses, angst, illness, depression…

All of this forced me to practice and try to learn a lot of things, among others: detachment, meditation, tolerance, compassion, forgiveness, humility. This definitely wasn’t planned but the way some events happened didn’t left room for standing still, actions had to be taken.

There’s still plenty to work on for the next year and onwards, but some of the resolutions I’ve made include: put less or none expectations on people, let go of people who I no longer feel identified with, make peace with different pending subjects, reconnect with my inner self, worry less and enjoy more…

It wouldn’t be fair to say that this year was bad because, in fact, it wasn’t. It was just really tough, in every possible way, good and bad. I’m grateful with it because it left me with a lot of things to work on and improve, but also because it’s gone now. I’m pretty sure this was just the beginning of a better and much saner way of life.

2012, bring it on!

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