While I was on my operation this past month, I was afforded the opportunity to climb Mt. Fuji. Mt. Fuji is the tallest mountain in Japan. It was on my bucket list for next year; however, you can’t pass up the opportunity. Luckily, it was right before mountain week in Japan, so there were not as many people climbing the mountain. After I completed the journey, I realized it was a once and a lifetime kind of adventure. It was very grueling on my body, but I’m glad I could have done it.
We started at Station 5 of the Subashiri Trail at an elevation of 1950 meters. I was very fortunate to have bought a souvenir stick to help me up the trail because I definitely needed it both going up and going down. It was a huge relief to get to the top which is 3776 meters.
One of the biggest lessons I took away from it was seeing how many steps I took, how many flights I went up and how many calories I lost. The numbers were so significant and blew every personal best out of the water. I told myself I would never be able to reach those bests again. But is that the truth?
After the moment passed, the pain subsided and the sunburn subdued, I realized that those personal bests WILL get beaten. It may not be today, or even tomorrow, but it will be beaten. The reason for this is the standards just got raised, so to some people, it becomes impossible to continue to better yourself. Your biggest competition will always be you. How will you continue to improve yourself? Will you allow one great day to be the peak of your performance? Or, will you find ways to improve on that? I was happy with being able to complete the journey, but I’m not satisfied with my performance. I want to do better. I crave self-improvement. I saw the mileage of my journey and noticed that if I continue to run everyday and go longer distances, then I can beat the amount of steps and miles in a day. I will admit, it will be very difficult to burn more calories then I did that day, but it is still possible.
Let’s not make excuses for ourselves when the standards get higher. Meet the challenge head on and knock it out of the ball park. Don’t let one great day be your best day, because that just goes to show that you can do even better. What’s your excuse?