Why Life is Like the Grouse Grind

 Half Way up the Grouse Ground.

 In 2012, I did the menacing climb up to the peak of Grouse Mountain for the very first time. As I was climbing, all the reasons why the journey of life is exactly like the Grouse Grind (or any other mountain, really), popped into my head.  Here they are:

  1. Some parts are harder than others. So, so, so, so, so hard that all you want to do is sit down and cry. Maybe you actually do – and that’s okay
  2. Often times, you have to stop and rest for a while
  3. Some people like to do it as fast as they can; others like to take their time and enjoy what’s happening around them
  4. You meet a lot of interesting people along the way. Or at least, you would if you actually stopped to talk to people
  5. There are some people who are so obsessed with their own success that they won’t stop to help you if you need it. They might even be the ones pushing you down just so they can get ahead. On the bright side, there are some people who would sacrifice their “best time” in a heartbeat to lend a helping hand
  6. Sometimes you see people who quit and go back down. It’s up to you if you want to encourage them to try again or shake your head at them in shame
  7. Sometimes the people you start the journey with are not the people you finish with
  8. Sometimes you cross paths with the same person at different points along the way
  9. Some people don’t come prepared at all – they wear the wrong type of shoes or they forget to bring water. But sometimes, a loose stone or an unexpected root can cause even the most over-prepared person to trip and fall
  10. We don’t all take exactly the same steps. Some people may even stray off the path for a little bit, or get lost, or choose to go around the rock rather than climb over it
  11. Then again, some people spend the whole time following the footsteps of the person in front of them
  12. Some people take the easy way out and take the gondola. For others, this isn’t even an option
  13. Often times, it’s the point where you most feel like giving up that is the point you need to keep going 
  14. Sometimes you have to leave people behind because you’re better off without them
  15. It’s kinda nice that you don’t have to walk the whole thing alone – especially during the difficult parts. They become easier when there’s someone by your side
  16. You’re probably going to meet a lot of people along the way who stink
  17. Your parents will hold your hand at the beginning…they might even carry you on their shoulders. But there will come a time when you have to continue on your own
  18. It’s hard. (For everyone – not just you!) Remember that!
  19. No matter what your time is or which path you took, we all eventually get to the same place anyway. And when you get there, look down – I bet it’s a pretty spectacular viewIMG_20150526_21501910421096_10155763269815599_7322378467964873194_n

Kazandra Pangilinan

Kazandra is probably not that different from you. She eats, sleeps,and wonders about how to make the most of this life. This blog is dedicated to the trials and triumphs she has experienced in the process of growing up in her quest to find meaning, connection and happiness.

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