Surely That’s The Summit Just Ahead, Right?

hand drawn title: surely that's the summit just ahead, right?

drawing of climber on mountain with text: one day a while back, I started hiking up a mountain

drawing of climber on mountain with text: I was a bit optimistic about how difficult it would be

drawing of climber on mountain with text: like the mountaineering saying goes, it was further than it looked, taller than it looked, and harder than it looked

drawing of climber on mountain with text: I kept my head down and kept moving, and after a few hours, the summit was in sight. my patience and persistence would pay off in mere minutes. I could almost taste it.

drawing of climber on mountain with text: except: what I thought was the summit turned out to be a false summit

drawing of climber on mountain with text: the real summit was higher up the ridge. I was *a bit* demoralized

drawing of climber on mountain with text: but I took a minute, got my shit together, and started hiking

drawing of climber on mountain with text: after a while, I was almost to the summit

drawing of climber on mountain with text: except guess fucking what, that's right, it was another false summit. The real summit was a couple hundred feet higher.

drawing of climber on mountain with text: would I ever get there? I had to

drawing of climber on mountain holding sheet of notebook paper

notebook paper reading: possible tactics: feel bad, complain, snacks, blame someone, give up, find someone to validate my feelings, take a nap, keep going, some combination of above tactics, then keep going

drawing of climber on mountain holding sheet of notebook paper

drawing of climber on mountain holding sheet of notebook paper

drawing of climber on mountain holding sheet of notebook paper

drawing of climber on mountain holding sheet of notebook paper

—Brendan

 

 

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