Trailblazing - "introducing new ideas or methods; innovative or pioneering."
Reek Rock 2019 shows a new level of closeness to very big falls with a potential for real catastrophic outcome breaking the speed ascent of the Nose on El Cap in Yosemite. Twenty six years ago, 1993, trailblazing on El Cap was to just climb all the pitches free, without pulling on gear, without a time limit. This is one of the great challenges in life; what was once considered pioneering or trailblazing eventually becomes common place.
Trailblazing means pursuing something we do not know is possible. It can be on the world stage, or it could just be in our own small universe.
Pioneering creates a feeling of living fully.
Trailblazing asks us to change our habits, to live and respond differently. Trailblazing is not easy nor is it comfortable. It is where we walk the edge of possible and impossible.
In other words, it requires both a depth of commitment and a willingness to fail. The very act of trying can be an inspiration to others and that makes the pursuit inherently worth it. However, the depth of commitment MUST BE BIGGER than your ego gratification.
Consider the following:
What arena of your life would you want to blaze a trail?
Where in your own world experience do you want to go that YOU have not gone before?
What obstacles, discomfort is going to take away your enthusiasm? What fear is going to gnaw at your heart?
How uncomfortable are you willing to get? And what will you use to stay inspired when you feel like quitting?
Do you want it badly enough to go through what it will take? Yes... then I can't wait to hear about it.