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Life Lessons I learned From Mountain Climbing | Pinay.com

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Anna Liz Cabrido

I first thought of mountain climbing as just a sport but veteran mountain climber Louwel Dejesica who introduced me to it has made me think otherwise. After my experience climbing mountains I see mountains now as wonderful playgrounds. Their silence gives me back my focus in life.

“It is a form of relaxation that helps you find the center of your life,” said Dejesica. “Whenever I am out with nature, it’s always refreshing. Nature has this calming effect to humans,” she added during one trip to Lake Holon, a mystic lake located at the mouth of a sleeping volcano in the Philippines’ South Cotabato.

“You discover your inner strength through mountain climbing,” she noted.

In the last two instances when I joined her group, she always stressed that with nature “life paces slowly and it is this time when you savor, feel and hear yourself.”

She told me the kind of love she felt while mountain climbing. I remembered her words—love of yourself, love of nature and love of humanity.

“You think of yourself because of your goal to reach the summit. You think of nature because along the way you appreciate its bounty and you think of people because they are the picture of humanity,” she told me.

Left: Dejesica and an old Tiruray woman who is manually grinding corn grits.
Right: Dejesica and kids in the community during a mountain climb in Esperanza, Sultan Kudarat

My officemates who have joined Dejesica in mountain climbing sessions have their own takes about the outdoor activity. Jennifer Misaen said one of the important lessons she learned from Dejesica is the stop-look-and-listen steps of life—-stop to savor life, look to feel life, and listen to hear life, she recited.

“It helps me organize myself,” said Misaen. “Mountain climbing is my focus zone. This is where I assess myself.”

Kristine de Pedro, who has also joined Dejesica climbed Sitio Ogis, a Tiruray village situated at the highest point in Esperanza, Sultan Kudarat, on the other hand, said she learned the value of time during mountain climbing. De Pedro also agreed with Dejesica when she associated time with life: “Time unmanaged wisely makes a person unproductive.”

“Every mountain climbing is a meaningful time for it’s like you’re very near to God,” said De Pedro.

For me, mountain climbing has given me a fresh perspective in life. I am back to my daily grind with renewed focus, enthusiasm and vigor to face the adventures of tomorrow. Today, I face life with a brave heart, with patience and determination because I know I have yet to achieve my dreams.

Our Pinay.com writer Anna Liz Cabrido is a blogger based in the Philippines’ South Cotabato. She likes to travel around the country.  All photos were taken by the author.

Anna Liz Cabrido

Anna Liz Cabrido is a contented 32-year old single lady and a proud South Cotabatena, whose home province, South Cotabato, is known as the Land of the Dream Weavers. When not in her writing mood, she is offfor another traveling experience---to islands in the sun, to a grand or street food trip, happy when in a tranquil vacation with her best travel buddies. Visit her blog at http://www.annalizcabrido.blogspot.com.

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