It took me sometime to write this blog. I didn’t even know if I should write about it. Because if anything, my Mt. Pulag climb was a big disappointment. However, it dawned on me that the disappointment was self-inflicted, because I put too much expectations. What happened was I expected everything from what I’ve read and heard about Mt. Pulag: from the sea of clouds, astonishing sunrise to beautiful sceneries; all that was a no-show due to bad weather and almost zero visibility.
Rather, the mountain showed me something entirely different, something invincible yet so profound, something that took me time to realize… A lesson only the gods of Mt. Pulag can teach.
Now, this may seem cliche but Mt. Pulag didn’t allow me to see what was outside of me (the scenery, etc.), It wanted to let me see what was inside of myself. It was a wonderful realization:
-It made me see that I am still capable of loving, of giving love despite without returns. Not just of loving persons but of places, of events and of circumstances. It says be loving even if others are not, even if others will not, even if others cannot.
-It made me see that I am capable of doing things beyond what I thought was my limit. That I AM CAPABLE regardless of what other people may think.
-It made me see the good and bad side of people, that each has a story to tell and each has a unique upbringing, do not judge.
-It made me see the wrath of Nature – respect Nature. Respect begets Respect and lastly…
-It made me see what is truly important in our lives. It’s not our wealth, not our degrees or professions, not our associations with esteemed individuals nor even our archievements. What is truly important is our family and friends. And if your lucky enough that both you and your special someone found each other, keep that, that is important, not everyone is blessed with a lifetime partner.
My realizations may seem out of the blue and totally unrelated to mountains but I did experience it; the mountain, or mother nature for that matter, did change my perspective for the better.
But no matter how grateful I am for this realization. I definitely STILL WANT to see that sea of clouds, astonishing sunrise and beautiful sceneries. So please Mt. Pulag let me see you next time. Be good to me. I’ll come visit you again. See you soon.
We climbed Mt. Ulap the day after Mt. Pulag, its another story to tell 🙂