I’ve seen this photo of the Ultimate Warrior plenty but it’s a first using it today. Not sure if that was a photo shoot somewhere or just a simulated backdrop but either way, super cool for me. That got me thinking of a mountain whether literally or metaphorically, both work. Warrior lived in the desert, then the mountains and felt such a sense of belonging there always. Me, I’m not close to either but there are plenty of cliffs and such in nearby parks. My one sister lives in Washington state so plenty of mountains out there in the Pacific Northwest. Ever climbed any? I know of course people have climbed Mount Everest among others but I’m not talking about that. I bet you have traversed some though. ￼
We all do but not those real ones. Once you conquer a goal, you are at the top of that mountain. Warrior did that much in his life and then there were always new ones to conquer. Ever see the game show
“The Price is Right?” If you are outside of the U.S. maybe not, but I totally remember the mountain climber cliffhanger game! There would be yodeling too. They showed this little climber guy moving along a mountain and it was all about guessing prices of items. You didn’t want him to fall over. It was the funniest thing! I should look it up as a memory… 😂 I actually DID climb a mountain 4 years ago. Diamond Point Mountain in West Virginia took us about an hour or so to get to the top. I knew it was diamond something… We really went there for white water rafting but our guide told us all about this mountain. Coming back down is when I first pulled that crazy hamstring muscle that still bugs me today. We get so excited going and then know that the hike down will be just as loooong… Also, not remembering where the car was parked became no fun. It’s like “Dude, Where’s my Car?”
I do hope some of you get to climb an actual mountain someday besides cliffs and small stuff. There were some pretty big ones as well out in South Dakota when we went to see Mount Rushmore. I cannot imagine climbing that! Let’s scale it back just a little. I bet all of you had a specific goal, dream, or anything similar and finally did it. I hope you have anyway. Well, I became a writer but that was never a dream in the beginning. We are always moving along that mountain. Some go faster while some a little slower, but always at your own pace. Whatever life throws at you, just keep climbing. Life’s mountain will end when we reach our place of eternal destiny but until then, climbing is what we must do. I am also reminded of the cartoon “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” with his mountain in Whoville that he climbed or drove up really. He made it to the top with his dog Max hitched to a sleigh and just when all seemed lost— he got enough strength to hoist that sleigh full of toys and all above his head just like what the Ultimate Warrior did, only a little different. Perfect movie reference for this time of year, right? ￼￼￼
How do we get the strength or stamina to keep going up all our “mountains”? It’s because we, as warriors fight through it all. Just when we think it is smooth sailing, oops~ another uphill battle is upon us. Unlike a real mountain when deciding to climb up, you need to climb back down where you began. The figurative ones just keep coming our way as we traverse another and yet another. We do need to stop and admire the view from time to time and catch our breath. Please remember to do that as even warriors need rest. Also, keep that gear bag packed with whatever will assist you as we never should go it alone. Maybe you are by yourself but that inner spirit is inside guiding you up and down life’s mountains. Your soul does know what to do despite our fears sometimes getting in the way.
No matter what size the mountain is, believe that you can and will keep going in the right direction. I will if you will. No one ever stops in the middle and gives up. It’s either up or down, you decide. Just last summer, we hiked up the Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes 🐻🐻🐻 of Northern Michigan and I decided to head back. Talk about a desert! The kids’s dad went up with them as I stayed with the dog. He went further than me as they saw more but I was OK with my adventure. Unbelievable experience and a huge legend of ancient times too… It seems I have more mountain stories than I thought! ￼￼
Of course I DID think of a song that mentions a mountain in the lyrics but I’m not sharing that today. It’s whatever comes and is on my playlist from a late 90s band. See, I’m more than just the 80s… 😉 Can you just imagine really standing on a precipice of a huge mountain looking down at the world below? No, I’m not going all God – like on you all here and perhaps some readers have done just that. Maybe Warrior is doing that pose similar to the photo above looking down at all of us. I never think of him being like that in an intimidating way at all although sometimes I hope he isn’t watching my goofy stuff. 😜 Ah well, we need to laugh at ourselves. I picture it being peaceful like the land he loved out west. ￼🙏🏻💙
So, warriors~ I hope you continue to conquer those mountains in your life whether they are for real or metaphorically. Take what you need along the way and enjoy it all. Some will be really rough with so much climbing work but once you get to the top, all worth it as you will know. Next week marks the beginning of December and my last BIG milestone of the year with these writings. You’ll have a few more weeks with me before I break to end 2022(: 🙋🏻♀️💜🥰
P.S. Don’t forget to catch my 50th YouTube video all about thanking some U.W. fans that have contacted me! Also, my book Spirit and Belief is available on Amazon and other outlets if interested in hearing more stories… ✍🏻📗
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