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Bieszczady Mountains - the base for people with mist

A few Mondays ago, while sitting in the empty dining room of the hut I was staying in Wetlina and recollecting all the events from the day, I wrote on my personal journal: Will today be the first day of a new life? I was alone in the room, silence reigned, the lights were dim and through the windows I could see nothing but complete darkness. And yet, filled with serenity I feared nothing nor I felt sad nor happy nor worried nor confused. I felt capable of facing my ordinary life, my problems, my doubts and live beyond that. There is something greater than life, within life itself. That is what I aspired to start doing when I wrote those words. That is also the sturdy willingness to confront life that the mountain generates in me.

Unlike a regular walk in the city, every step I give while in the mountain is purposeful, it is a step towards a higher point, both literally and metaphorically. At the same time, all the distractions present in ordinary life disappear, it is just me and the unknown path ahead. The fact that I am alone also creates a sense of urgency, in the sense that a slight distraction or a wrong move might put me in a difficult situation. While walking on the trail I know that my whole life is condensed into that moment and that moment is the only thing that matters. Therefore I feel complete.

The mountain gives me a simple mission. It makes me disciplined and patient. Simple things like having a shower or eating after a long day outdoors are almost divine moments. The warm water running through the tired body soothes not only the muscles but also the soul. Food tastes a million times better and gently comforts the famished stomach.

(to be continued...maybe!)

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Posted by ZackMeursault 06:03 Archived in Poland

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