Climbing Mt. Fuji is the toughest hike I’ve ever done.
I woke up at 4 a.m. for this special day. That’s only two hours difference compared to when I go to work everyday of the week. It’s a special day. It’s going to be exciting, challenging, rewarding and memorable.
I packed everything that previous Fuji hikers have recommended. I was all ears. But nothing could really prepare me for this.
Climbing Mt. Fuji is rough, so is life at times. And with enough balance, perseverance, stubbornness or determination, and support system, you can get to the top and succeed.
Though the path or the journey may be bleak, foggy or hopeless, what you need to do is to stay focused on reaching your goals.
We started our ascend at the fifth station. And it was after only the sixth station that I was already winded. I kept stopping, trying to catch my breath and muster up energy. I just kept thinking that I can do this. I need to set my mind to that.
Life can throw you so many curve balls, but you shouldn’t be discouraged. It may require some sacrifices. You can take your time. Let your hardships be your challenges. Let your mistakes be your lessons. You can fail, but just do the best that you can and don’t give up.
Every few minutes, I get tired. I was dragging my feet. I thought of those days when I kept failing and failing and failing to make promotion. I was at the end of my rope. I kept going. I kept trying.
Be positive, but also be prudent. Strive for what you have to do or what your heart so desires and you will be relieved, even to the thought that you have tried.
Coming up midway the 8th station to the 9th, me and other two of my coworkers looked like we were not going to make it to the 10th. More of my other coworkers suggested we could end the hike only up to the 9th station. I told them that not finishing the hike is not an option. Beaten I may be, I know I can do it and it was only a matter of time.
At the end, you can accomplish things you didn’t think you could. Float or soar high. The moment when you took the first step to the time you continue on and persevered, you are already rewarded even if you don’t get to the top.
After so many failed attempts, I finally made a promotion last June. It took me 7 years to get to this level. I sacrificed a lot, and I paid my dues. Along with the advancement, I was able to renew my employment contract for another 6 years –until I retire *fingers crossed*. I and my brothers at work climbed Mt. Fuji to acknowledge my accomplishments.
I may take a moment, but I was not going to give up. I was determined to make it to the top. I had my eyes on the price.
This was everything I worked hard for. It was not for the higher pay, or better authority, or anything else. Getting to the top gave me that sense of relief, that sense of accomplishment, that I can succeed if I just put my mind to it how ever much time it took me to get here or how much I struggled.
It was getting ready to be dark by the time we climbed down. It was another cycle of struggles. Descending could be just as challenging. I was already completely exhausted. I was out of water halfway through the descend. We hiked down in darkness. All of us were tired. We were all stopping every few minutes. I was glad I was not the only one.
No matter how you slice it, people need people. I thank all whom I have worked with, all those I met along the way, and those who have helped, aggravated, insulted, inspired and supported me.
Thanks to you, and best of luck on your journey.
*All images are taken with a cellphone, Samsung S6.