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Today marks the 32nd anniversary of mountaineer Reinhold Messner's ascent of Mount Everest. He was the first person to do it alone, without supplemental oxygen. Messner is also recognized for being the first climber to ascend all fourteen "eight-thousanders" (peaks over 8,000 meters (26,000 ft) above sea level, collectively known as the eight-thousanders).
Following Messner's lead, American mountaineer Edmund Viesturs successfully summitted Mount Everest, seven times. Viesturs is the first American, and 12th person overall, to summit all fourteen eight-thousanders. Regarding his victories, Viesturs states: "After Messner, the mystery of possibility was gone; there remained only the mystery of whether you could do it."
Last week a friend, and mother of five, unlocked her possibility by climbing Mount Whitney. She did not do it alone, or climb high enough to need supplemental oxygen, but she did unlock her mystery of whether she could do it.
Her success encouraged me to do the same; to push toward my possibility. I doubt I will ever climb Mount Everest, I may never even make it to Mount Whitney. However, that does not mean that I should not look for my own possibilities within the success of others. Each victory from a friend, acquaintance, colleague, stranger, opens the door for me to discover whether I can do it.
My path in life may not be one of a pioneer like Messner, but I can imitate Viesturs and decide to do the thing that calls to me.
Muse For Today: What mystery of possibility calls to you?