Lessons the Mountains Taught Me

I was lucky enough to spend three incredible days in the Swiss Alps last week, hiking, and studying the climate and vegetation patterns. I have always been an ocean girl, but wow, the mountains are certainly amazing! I think that we can always learn a thing or two when we’re in new places, and especially outdoors. Here are a few of my thoughts and takeaways from the trip:

  1. Watch your step, but don’t be afraid to look up and around to take in your amazing surroundings.
  2. Breathe. The air is fresh, the day is clear, take a moment and enjoy it.
  3. The sun is always shining, whether you can see it or not! Even at night, it shows itself in the form of a star-speckled sky.
  4. Stay up late and stargaze, wish on a shooting star. Nothing compares with a sky that is glowing with stars.
  5. As with the ocean, standing beside the mountains makes you feel like the smallest thing on the Earth. It is a big wide world, and it is also a small world in other ways.
  6. Trust your body and yourself. You are stronger than you think, and are capable of more than you realize.
  7. Grow where your roots are, and don’t be afraid to be transplanted. Sometimes a strong wind will uproot you and take you to another peak, go with the flow and thrive where you are planted.
  8. Don’t drink water from a glacial river, aka glacial milk. A brilliant aqua, the ice-cold rivers have tiny particles of rocks and minerals (not great for the digestive system!)
  9. Tread lightly, and leave no trace.
  10. Just be. Be happy, be yourself, be outside, be awesome, be humble, be curious.

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