Climb the mountain not to plant your flag, but to embrace the challenge, enjoy the air and behold the view. Climb it so you can see the world, not so the world can see you.
—David McCullough Jr.
The Cableway Café (on the right) teeming with visitors eager to enjoy the gorgeous views atop the Table Mountain—the most dramatic backdrop to Cape Town in South Africa. It is a level plateau, approximately three kilometres long, edged by impressive cliffs. What makes this mountain unique is that it is also home to a large array of mostly endemic fauna and flora.
An apt metaphor for life is the act of climbing a mountain. No matter how ready and prepared we are, we cannot reach the top without being spent, messy, breathless and perhaps, even a wee bit wounded. But, it’s all worth it, isn’t it? In fact, that is the point. Whichever path we’ve chosen, there will always be obstacles and stumbling blocks getting in our way, thwarting our progress. But just like what they say, it’s never about the finish line, but about the journey. It’s how we overcome those very thorns, rocks, and shrubs that block our path to get to where we are headed. It’s how we take that one step after the other, that finally leads us to the top. And the view at the top is priceless. Nobody can take that away from us.
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