More than one way to get to the top

Nadia Giordana at Summit of Pikes Peak, 14,115 feet
Nadia Giordana at Summit of Pikes Peak, 14,115 feet

It was like flying only better; the feeling, standing on the boulder at the top of Pikes Peak a few weeks ago in mid August, 2014. I made a promise to myself to return soon.

It’s true. There is more than one way to get to the top of where you are going no matter what it is. No matter what your dream, there is a way to realize it in some form.

I’ve always admired super athletic mountain climber types and I love the jubilant photos they take of each other when they summit a difficult peak. The whole world is their backdrop.

But I’m not all that athletic. And besides I’m 66 years old. I don’t have the stamina or training for mountain climbing. Nor have I ever dreamed of climbing a mountain, only of standing at the top! Imagine my surprise during a recent visit to Colorado Springs when I learned that I could go up to the top of the mountain! In fact I had a few options. I could hike all the way up (not for me) or I could take a driving route (I didn’t pursue that, wasn’t sure my vehicle was up to the challenge). Thirdly, I could take the Cog Railway all the way to the top. Yes! I will do that, I said to myself, and I did.

The funny thing is, until I discovered there were options other than doing it the hard way and climbing to the summit, I could never imagine myself physically standing on the top of any mountain. Metaphorically yes, but literally? No. I couldn’t see it.

The lesson I learned was that there is more than one way to get to any goal, or to realize any dream big or small, if it’s right for you.

Having my picture taken standing on top of a mountain wasn’t one of my bigger dreams. It was a small one, a fun one. Nevertheless, it was a dream I doubted I would ever do simply because the vision I had in my mind of what it would take was an image of impossible effort. Once that false image was removed, it was a cakewalk.

Do you have an impossible dream?