The Mountain and Her

She wanted to reach the top of the mountain. She really want it. She could think in nothing but being there, at the highest point the earth has known. Several people told her how difficult it was, how dangerous. ‘Many went but few succeed’ was the most recurrent sentence she heard. But no one convinced her. Lara’s thoughts were solid.

After some days spent in preparing the adventure, she, at last, began the route. The first steps were complex, but not for Lara. She was motivated and no one could stop her. However, there was something that changed her mind a bit. By the time she was reaching halfway, she witnessed how other adventurous were going back. They were really tall and strong. It was the first time she saw men like those. One of them was three times her, minimum. She asked them why they were leaving. They said the mountain was too high and strong for them. Lara tried to cheer them up, but it didn’t work. They abandoned the mountain in silence.

She thought that if such men were defeated by the mountain, her chances would not be quite high… But Lara was decided to continue her journey. Although her motivation was clearly decreased, she had strength and she knew she could still do it. Besides, until that moment, she could not properly see the mountain in all its glory, because of the clouds. She was expecting a sunny day to let her gaze the beauty of the mountain up and down, and at the same time, regain her lost motivation.

That day finally came. Lara was in the middle of the trip and the expected sunny day was there. But what she saw that day broke her heart. Even though the sky was cloudless, she could not watch the end of the mountain. It was higher than she expected, and the inclination was at least four times greater.

For several days, Lara thought in giving up. Just the idea of reaching the top of the mountain looked stupid to her. She understood now, why those giant men were so defeated. There was no hope. ‘Just the hope of a fool’, she said to herself.

As she said those words, she realised something. ‘If there is the hope of a fool, there must be a hope anyway’. Lara started to think in what a fool is. ‘Fools just watch what they have in front of them’. She changed her mind completely. She forgot about reaching the top of the mountain. Instead, she focused on what was in front of her. With her eyes, she spot a rock which was quite far away, but she was able to see it. ‘That’s going to be my goal’ she stated.

Her courage and motivation were recovered. She felt as fine as when she was starting the journey. She felt new, young and powerful. She was enjoying the adventure again. Now, Lara was completely sure. Nothing could beat her.


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