I had the pleasure of being introduced to Mount Tallac High School nearly four years ago. Mount Tallac High School is truly a place of hope and perseverance. Most of the students attending Mount Tallac High School have dealt with many life challenges from a young age and are fighting to gain any chance at opportunity. I was truly inspired by the students and teachers at this school and their ability to overcome extraordinary circumstances.
I had the privilege of speaking to the students about my life challenges and adventures. I took my experience from my expedition to Aconcagua and applied the expedition mentality to actual life experiences. I see great similarities between climbing mountains and the ups and downs of life which is probably why I find enjoyment in the challenges of mountaineering.
Although I was there to give a presentation it was me learning from the students and teachers. They continue to serve as reminders as I come up against set-backs and hard circumstances.
Please click on the link below to view the presentation I gave to the students and teachers. You will notice many great quotes and thoughts, all of which help guide my life on a daily basis. I believe wisdom is timeless and the quotes you will see on the presentation span centuries, gender and cultures. I hope you enjoy the presentation and please leave us a comment with any quotes that have been inspirational to your life.
Climbing Life’s Mountains – Mt. Tallac High School Presentation
“It is a useless life that is not consecrated to a great ideal. It is like a stone wasted on the field without becoming a part of any edifice.” – Dr. Jose Rizal
This quote has helped push me through a lot of difficult situations. Here’s a little bit of history to put it into context: Dr. Rizal was one of the first scholars to speak out against the Spanish occupation of the Philippines. He wrote a book charging the Filipino people to take back their country. His book was banned by Spanish authorities and he was imprisoned for trying to start a movement. But no matter what, he stood by his cause. He was sadly executed by a firing squad for fighting for his motherland. This sparked the beginning of the Philippine Revolution. He was willing to die for his country to benefit something larger than himself.
This quote always reminds me to serve the greater good — to contribute to something outside myself and to live with purpose. Even if it seems impossible, ridiculous or too big to handle.
Thanks for sharing your thoughts and these quotes.
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