This is a very common saying to the mountaineers. You can hear it every time you have a conversation with other climbers and you can even read it throughout the Facebook groups and pages where mountaineers are present. So what does this mean to you? Do the mountains ever changed you?
Climbing mountains and the mountain itself taught us a lot of lessons that we didn’t expect to live by. Mountains can change us! There are only two possible changes that may happen to you: either you become a better person or worse than ever. Oh wait, let me modify what I’ve said. Mountains only change us to become a better person, your ego is the one that will make your attitude worse.
What are these changes?
If you are a lazy person, mountaineering is not for you. There is no maid in the mountains that will do everything you need. You cannot rely all the time to your companions so you have to learn how to look after yourself. Learning how to cook simple meals is as easy as counting 1-2-3 and it can make you prevent starvation. Let the mountains change you to become industrious and self-reliant
If you are a meticulous person, mountaineering is not for you. To those people who climb but don’t want to get dark skin, well sad to say because we cannot escape the heat of the sun. If you don’t want to drink water from the river, spring or any water source available, I’m encouraging you do drink from it because that is the real mineral water. But if you really have a weak stomach, just bring your own water. Let the mountains change you to become not so choosy!
If you are an impatient person, mountaineering is not for you. There are always uphill, long and slippery trails on the mountains that we need to surpass in order to reach the summit. There is no easy way to get to the top and we always need to exert extra effort. Be patient and don’t you ever dare say bad words to the mountain because you’ll never know what will happen. Let the mountains change you to become persistent.
If you are an irritable and quick-tempered person, mountaineering is not for you. Sometimes, sharing some jokes and silly conversations with your companions is inevitable. Learn how to control your temper and just ride with others’ jokes especially when having drinking sessions during the socials. Let the mountains change you to become cheerful and not peevish.
If you are a person who is full of pride, mountaineering is not for you. Sometimes, you need to consider the opinions of other people and not just listen on your own mind. Climbing mountains with a group requires teamwork, as well as voicing out each other’s opinion and suggestions. Even if you’re the team leader, learn how to drop your ego. Let the mountains change you to become humble.
If you are a selfish person, mountaineering is not for you. A can of sardines or a pack of noodles won’t make you poor. Try to give something to the locals or join outreach programs and share a little of your blessings. I assure you that there’s a great feeling after that. Let the mountains change you to become generous.
If you are a person who don’t want to bring down your own trash, mountaineering is not for you. Don’t leave your trash at the campsite and in any part of the mountain. Even if you’re in the city, don’t just throw your trash anywhere, put them on the proper trash bins. Let the mountains change you to be concern to the nature and the whole environment in general.
These are just some of the changes that the mountains can do for us and I know that there’s a lot more. Evaluate and ask yourself now, “Did the mountains change you already?” If not, you have to act now and be the change that everybody wanted to be.