This is the first mountain I climbed and the first mountain I climbed with my boyfriend. We planned on taking a short hike which turned into a day’s adventure. Pat kept pushing me to do my best and make it to the top. When we reached the peak of Mount LeConte, my head was literally in the clouds. It’s not what I expected, but sometimes life is better that way.
I often feel that transitions are the hardest. We experience transitions enough that we would expect to know how to successfully deal with them. Yet, we set expectations for our future selves which may or may not happen. We sometimes idealize others and are harsh on ourselves. I resonate with this photo I took because it represents different stages of growth; the harsh beginnings and flourishing middle ones. I struggle to write endings.
When I took this photo, I lived in Charleston, South Carolina. I thought of how transitory life seemed to be, especially for those of whom are in the Navy. If Valentine’s Day makes you sick like it seems like it does for most people, contact someone you miss. In the words of Bojack Horseman, “In this terrifying world, all we have are the connections that we make.”