On February 29, 2020 I had the opportunity to climb Mount Kilimanjaro with a team of 29 men. I had never climbed a mountain before Kilimanjaro. The experience was priceless and unforgettable. I learned so much from the experience; therefore, I decided to write about it.
The Kilimanjaro adventure is an unforgettable experience that will forever remain in my heart and memory. As a team, we made it to the roof of Africa and we wouldn’t have been able to achieve such an accomplishment without each other. I thank my dear friends Dennis Byrd, Harold Pine, Lemuel Aigbivbalu, Travis Billingsley for trusting and believing in me to be a part of KILI 6 TEAM and the 25 hard working men who helped us get to the summit without leaving anyone behind.
Why did I do it??? I’ve always had an active lifestyle since I was a little girl. I love physical challenges and choose to embrace things that help me grow mentally and physically. The moment I decided to say “YES” to this Kilimanjaro adventure, I realized that this would be a different kind of commitment. I knew that I was about to risk my life – my friends never hesitated to remind me of that, even up until the day before I left.
For a moment, I debated about whether or not I should do it. I also thought to myself, “Why is that? What is different this time than any other time?” The answer was simple. I was stepping into unknown territory. Honestly, I was afraid to fail and I was uncertain about everything that was coming. The only thing that I had was FAITH, so I chose to believe that I would be okay no matter what. From that point on, I decided to turn this adventure into the best experience of my life.
Was it hard??? Hell yeah. We successfully reached the top of the mountain and it felt so good. I won’t lie and will admit that the last night of the last 6 hour climb was the most difficult. The walk felt forever and endless but when we reached the top, the tiredness immediately went away. It was breathtaking and absolutely worth all the hard work.
This trip wasn’t just about going to Africa or climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. It was much more than that. Opportunities come only a few times in our lives, but truly special ones only come once. It is our responsibility to understand how to differentiate these opportunities and use them either for personal or professional growth, regardless of the million excuses or circumstances. Life is full of surprises and I believe that everything happens for a reason.
THE LESSON THAT I LEARNED: Even if the path looks endless and you feel like you’re running out of energy, as long as you keep putting one foot in front of another, you will ALWAYS get to the top. You will ALWAYS have enough left to make just one more little step. Never give up!