Blue hour, volcano style.
Back in May, I had the pleasure of meeting one of my now most-treasured friends and inspirations. I’ve spoken before (and often) about how much the absolutely incredible @staciangeliques has impacted my relationship with the mountains, my abilities, and my own health. I’ve beaten myself up countless times and pushed myself too hard because of how my RA has held me back in the past. I used to often get frustrated that I couldn’t do everything I wanted to or was left in excruciating pain from activities that posed little challenge to others. But this girl. Let me tell you. NEVER in my life have I been so humbled and so put in my place and given such a huge change of perspective through just a few words.
Climbing up this breathtaking landscape, being warmed by the sunrise as it kissed the snow around us, taking in the surrounding peaks as they lit up on the horizon. This girl (who runs basically a million miles a day and scampers up mountains on a bionic leg) tells me how amazed she is that I have arthritis and I’m still climbing mountains. “Seriously. You’re amazing. You’re on a volcano right now, you need to give yourself more credit.” It struck me for whatever reason and has stayed with me ever since. And that’s Stacia. Powerful, inspirational, kind, and despite being basically a major badass, she’s never made me feel insecure about my abilities or like I need to hurry to catch up, or like I’m holding her back. She’s a beautiful soul with an unrivaled love of chocolate and gut-splitting laughter. I’m lucky to call her a friend and am honored to wish her another (one day belated) successful revolution around the sun. Happy birthday, you incredible human. I can’t wait to celebrate with you this weekend. ❤️🏔🍫
"...che cosa vuol dire 'addomesticare'?"
"È una cosa da molto dimenticata. Vuol dire 'creare dei legami'"
"Creare dei legami?"
"Certo", disse la volpe. "Tu, fino ad ora, per me, non sei che un ragazzino uguale a centomila ragazzini. E non ho bisogno di te. E neppure tu hai bisogno di me. Io non sono per te che una volpe uguale a centomila volpi. Ma se tu mi addomestichi, noi avremo bisogno l'uno dell'altro. Tu sarai per me unico al mondo, e io sarò per te unica al mondo."
"...tu diventi responsabile per sempre di quello che hai addomesticato." #thelittleprince
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