Hi All, I found Lily’s New Year’s post truly inspirational. While I physically am unable to climb mountains, particularly in the dark, I did ski down the mountain two years running and that was also an incredible experience. While we can appreciate the solitude and reflection of this mountain tradition, Geoff also pointed out to me the joy of celebrating the new year as part of a community…coming together and I agree with that too.
My word for 2015 is love. While that might seem rosy-coloured, it will involve a lot of hard work and climbing up many mountains. Being true to love is not an easy road xx Rowena
In Korea people don’t stay up until midnight to ring in the New Year. Instead, they get up in the middle of the night and they hike a mountain. They climb through the dark, snowy pre-dawn hours and when they reach the top they stand with their faces to the sky to greet the first sunrise of the New Year.
What a contrast to how we in the West often enter the New Year – stumbling out of bed at noon, tired and quite possibly hungover. For many, January 1st is a day of recovery. We spend New Year’s Eve celebrating the ending of something and the beginning of a new thing. We bombard the internet with reflections on the previous year. Even the less introspective among us take a moment to declare the past year, “the best” or “the hardest” or “the craziest” year of their lives.
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