I used to hike Mount Monadnock all of the time (Google it). After the first couple of times up I changed my route so that I would take long arcing hikes that would totally skip the summit. I would get close and there were always places to take in the view, but I saw no reason to go to the top.
On more than one occasion I had people ask me why I didn’t go all of the way to the top. If you don’t go to the summit, what’s the point? Where is the destination? I had people tell me they hated hiking without an objective.
To me hiking was the point, spending time outside communing with nature was the objective. It was the journey, not the destination that was important.
I recently saw a Youtube video that said life is not a journey; that we must enjoy the moment. The idea of life is to sing and dance, not to get to some objective.
I agree and disagree. It is a journey, a journey from womb to tomb. But, like the video, I say there is no reason to worry about the objective, we need to enjoy the trip. Make each step of that hike count. The journey is the point.
In real life we do need to think about goals, we do need to try to do something. If we all just let it slide and not worry about it, who would do the work? Who would farm the fields, ship the food, put the goods on the grocery store shelves? Who would make the electricity? But these goals should be secondary, they should not be the only point to our journey. We need to learn to live the moment and not spend all of our time focused on the future. We need to actually do those jobs right now and live them as we think of our goals.
Anyway, just a bit of nickel philosophy. Nothing mind blowing or Earth shattering. Just a simple bit of truth we sometimes miss – Our real journey is from birth to death, those plans and goals are just stopping off points along the way, like a nice vista or pretty waterfall on an all day hike and just as fleeting. To truly live we must make our journey the point, make each footfall count, make now the objective.
So let’s go hiking :)