Y-Speak: Lessons from the fog

WE DO have that “expectation vs reality moment”. The one when we do not get exactly the things we ordered, or the things we wished for, and such but the experience doesn’t have to be heart crushing all the time.

I had this “expectation vs reality” feeling when I climbed up to the peak of Mt. Loay, Santa Cruz, Davao del Norte last June 12.

Apparently, after the two hours of climb, we saw nothing but fog at the peak. Imagine the effort we put in to get there only to be greeted with fog. The trail was steep, we were relieved every time we see a sari-sari store selling fruit, softdrinks, junk food, or cup noodles because these are areas for rest.

I was hoping to see a beautiful view the moment we reached the top to ease the weariness I was feeling. Yet, when we got to the top, we saw nothing but white space. Our pictures only showed a white background. I was disappointed yes. But how did I manage?

I counted my blessings, and allowed myself to be in the moment. As much as I want to see the view from the peak, experiencing the fog in the peak is still something, an experience that doesn’t happen every day.

We took a lot of photos, after all we are already there.

Aside from being thankful of reaching the peak. I was also thankful that I have friends to share that experience and the same friends who did not give up on me, even when I myself want to. (I want to mention Ken and Julie, who really helped me reach the peak.)

The story of my climb does not have that “happily ever after” feeling but the twist was memorable. I could always say now that I had been there. Another line in the journal I am writing. A memory which cannot be erased.

Going out to adventures is really a gamble. Once you are there and you made that first step, there is no turning back. The discovery will bring you awe or will make you cry yet for one thing it is a new experience for you.

That foggy peak taught me a lesson that life is filled with uncertainties and surprises. Expectation or reality, how you react to things -- bitter or better -- it is up to you. (Karina V. Cañedo)


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