A near-death experience during a 20-mile hike in Iceland shaped my life’s perspective.
While hiking, I thought about quitting approximately 852 times (And that’s a lowball estimate). Despite the 60 mph gale force winds, zero visibility which resulted in our guide getting lost, mental and physical fatigue, hypothermia, and little food and water, I kept going. 95% of the hike was during these treacherous conditions, but the remaining 5% made it worth the turmoil.
What followed was a verdant valley of countless waterfalls, double rainbows, and breathtaking views that I felt as though I had entered another world. It looked like something out of a child’s storybook—a place where anything was possible.
I drew parallels to “life” in this epic journey which nearly took my own life. Undoubtedly there are people out there that have had far worse experiences that have shaped them into who they are today. Things might get tough but never give up despite the conditions you cannot control.
The impact of this experience has left me with the belief that I can take on anything life/business has to throw at me, including winters in Manhattan. I put that same perseverance into anything I do. I don’t have to climb mountains…but I do have to move them from time to time.
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