On May 29th, 1953,Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay, conquered Mt Everest.
Years later he said, “It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves.”
On him being a international hero, he says, “I was just an enthusiastic mountaineer of modest abilities who was willing to work quite hard and had the necessary imagination and determination. I was just an average bloke; it was the media that transformed me into a heroic figure. And try as I did, there was no way to destroy my heroic image. But as I learned through the years, as long as you didn’t believe all that rubbish about yourself, you wouldn’t come to much harm.”
On his spirited efforts he says, “You don’t have to be a fantastic hero to do certain things — to compete. You can be just an ordinary chap, sufficiently motivated to reach challenging goals. The intense effort, the giving of everything you’ve got, is a very pleasant bonus.”
On being asked, what were your thoughts up there, he says, “While standing on top of Everest, I looked across the valley, towards the other great peak, Makalu, and mentally worked out a route about how it could be climbed… it showed me that, even though I was standing on top of the world, it wasn’t the end of everything for me, by any means. I was still looking beyond to other interesting challenges.”
On being asked, was standing over Mt Everest the best moment of your life, he says, “Reaching the summit of a mountain gives great satisfaction, but what for me has been more rewarding in life than the result of our climb on Everest, is when we have devoted ourselves to the welfare of our Sherpa friends by building hospitals and schools.”
When asked, what will you do now, he says, “Why make a fuss over something that’s done anyway? I was never one to obsess about the past. Too much to do in the future!” No wonder he went on to put his feet on both the poles. He is the first person who conquered Mt Everest AND set his feet on both the poles.
All of us face challenges. As a metaphor, these challenges can be termed as ‘our Mt Everest’. Some of us have conquered our Mt Everest. Its time to go for the poles. Some do not know how to move ahead. Some might have accepted defeat and therefore, given up on our own tryst with our greatness.
Why to conquer Mt Everest?
Geography was not furthered by the achievement, scientific progress was scarcely hastened, and nothing new was discovered. Yet the names of Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay instantly entered into all cultures, folklores, nations and history books, as the names of heroes. They truly were men of heroic mold. They represented compellingly the spirit of humans beings overcoming gigantic odds while facing a challenge.
Every generation needs its heroes. Hillary and Tenzing were heroes to their generation. They filled the lives and conversations of people with an ‘I can’ spirit. They inspired !!!
Today, out there somewhere, someone is counting on you to be inspiring. Stories are more powerful and exciting than facts. Conquer your Mt Everest. Be a great story. Lets Inspire.
With loads of love, prayers and best wishes,
As I Live…I Learn