Monday, December 23, 2013

climbing mountains

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I went to Montserrat today. It was nice - we were warned that it would be cold up in the mountains, but it was perfect. Bright, cloud-obscured sun, no wind, temperature hovering around 10˚C. The basilica was grand, but what was most spectacular was the view after we spent about 45 minutes climbing up. Steep stairs, loose rocks, all sorts of fun, but that view from up top was worth it. Pictures to follow.

We operate under two extremes here, both equally intense. We're either buried under work, or completely and utterly free. This is what my holidays have been so far ... been doing so much lazing that Barcelona is getting a bit dull. Looking to get out, get around in the next few days. Some of that mountain air was good today. My favourite course this first term was Analysis of Business Problems. For our last case, our professor used the 1996 Mount Everest disaster as a means of closing the course, and providing a metaphor (of sorts) for our MBA 'climb'. You know, I thought being here and doing the program would give me a lot more clarity than I'm feeling right now. Like Montserrat's fresh mountain air, being in Barcelona was supposed to answer a lot of questions about my future. Yet I find myself second-guessing a lot of things, deciding to go a different way daily - I just can't seem to make up my mind on a lot of things.

But this is a privileged problem to have. The opportunity is there. Just like the monks who built this monastery, accomplishment is the result of steadfastness, determination, and commitment. I still have plenty of time to make up my mind, but if/once I do, will I have that determination to see it through?

DF

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