The View is Worth the Climb

This is what keeps us all going, as artists.  We know that there is a peak to be reached and that when we get to that peak, the view will be amazing.  We also know that it’s a momentary experience.  One to be savoured, to be sure, but you can’t stay there.  You have to move on.  Perhaps to the next peak.  Perhaps back to a warm and cozy place, to reminisce about your experience.  It makes very little difference.

Many years ago, I worked with a colleague and friend that had climbed Everest.  Due to equipment failure, he had to take his gloves off to fix his gear (or perish) and he lost most of his fingers to frostbite, as a consequence.  What was amazing to me was that he had no regrets.  The view was worth the climb.

So when you’re engaged in your struggle and the whole enterprise borders on feeling like some kind of pointless insanity, or even if the relentless trek onwards becomes mundane drudgery, always remember the view that awaits you at the summit.

Thanks to Tim Finn for the inspiration for this post:

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You can find out more about me here: https://michaeltopic.wordpress.com/. There aren’t many people that exist in that conjunction of art, design, science and engineering, but this is where I live. I am an artist, a musician, a designer, a creator, a scientist, a technologist, an innovator and an engineer and I have a genuine, deep passion for each field. Most importantly, I am able to see the connections and similarities between each field of intellectual endeavour and apply the lessons I learn in one discipline to my other disciplines. To me, they are all part of the same continuum of creativity. I write about what I know, through my blogs, in the hope that something I write will resonate with a reader and help them enjoy their own creative life more fully. I am, in summary, a highly creative individual, but with the ability to get things done efficiently. Not all of these skills are valued by the world at large, but I am who I am and this is me. The opinions stated here are my own and not necessarily the opinion or position of my employer.
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