Note to newcomers accepting the writing challenge! You can begin the challenge at any point. There is no right or wrong way to participate. You are not being graded or judged. This is a gift we are giving ourselves. So be gentle during this process. We are about to climb a mountain, YO! Remember that. Remember we must be present. Release all self-defeating thoughts. You can do this. I do want to remind the new climbers that no matter what day you decide to join the challenge please begin at the beginning. It’s important to prepare! Sending you all love. See you at the top of the mountain. With all my love, Alicia
Day 2 ~ Flight and Day of arrival
We have arrived to Nepal, all peaks and mountains and cold… this will be an extremely challenging journey. I must remember to breathe often because I tend to forget. As I look out of this truck… at the massive structure that is what mother earth has created. The view alone is stunningly breathtaking and alarming all at the same time. There are so many mountains near each other, each with their own challenges. And I chose Makalu, one of the hardest mountains to climb. I ask myself, am I really about to do this? Snow… ice… climbs… breathe… remember to breathe.
After a long 24 hour flight, most of which I spent watching movies. One of my favorite plays was on, “How we gonna payyyyy? How we gonna pay? How we gonna payyyyyyy…. last year’s rent, this year’s rent, next year’s rent???” It’s probably the song that has been my theme for the past seven year’s. I love that play though, I love that RENT depicts many pains that artists struggle with in surviving and how important it is to have known and shared love. Seasons of LOVEEEEEE… I slept and thought about so many things. Mostly, my mind is filled with all that I have dreamt of for me and Courtney and how different my life is. I am meditating on my life plan and all the plans I have made, some of which have miraculously come true and others that have just not manifested. When do you finally surrender the old plan? When do you give up on it? When do you surrender and realize that maybe wanting the old plan so badly isn’t enough, maybe we should consider that perhaps THAT PLAN really isn’t the RIGHT plan??? So then what is the plan? What is the plan for my life? Where am I headed? Why am I here?
I slept quite a bit on the flight and had so many dreams that I can’t remember and began reading a few of the letters from the writers in the NYCLWG. Diana Q’s letter was filled with so many beautiful images of what I should look for in every step I make during my climb. And Jakira’s letter was so great… she is so funny. Her advice is always so practical and filled with love and hope and I can see her smile in every word of love she wrote to me.
I finally arrived, Yo! I am getting excited. I have arrived to the lands of Kathmandu. I am on my way to the lodge where I will be meeting other adventurers, team leaders and expert climbers. I am dedicated to completing this 40 day expedition. I am so nervous. I have never taken on such an experience. Of all the adventures I have been on throughout Latin America, this one feels different, scarier than all the others. I am really flying now. I am by myself and this is the greatest test of my strength, strength of spirit, my mind, my body, and my heart.
I arrived to the Welcome area and my neck feels somewhat tense…. Its just my nerves… breathe Alicia! You’re finally here. You are here to prove something to yourself. This is for you! For Courtney! Be present!
The team leaders all introduce themselves and layout the agenda for the first few days. For now we are just gathering, getting comfortable and meeting other climbers. We go through the entire course for the next four weeks. There are people from the United States, India, France, Germany, other European countries, Central and South America. I am the only Dominican woman here. And I breathe… tonight I will get a good night’s rest.
I can’t believe I am finally here. We leave for the mountain the day after tomorrow. Let the journey begin. Aché. Namaste