A mountain can kill you without moving.
Philmont Scout Ranch is 136,000 acres of New Mexico wilderness. A branch range of the Rocky Mountains cuts through the camp, and the views are incredible. It takes days to get to the top of the mountains, and then days to get back to civilization. You carry your food, your tent, even the water you drink. Dehydration from the exertion of walking is a very real danger.
The man the marathon is named for died running the full 26 miles. Pheidippides was a Greek soldier who was commanded to go to Athens to report the victory over the Persians at the Battle of Marathon in 490 BC.
You can’t climb a mountain without first walking down the street.
If you want to climb a mountain, run a race, or write a book, or cook a holiday meal, don’t try to do it without first practicing. You set yourself up for failing publicly at best, or never finishing, or dying in the attempt. Build your muscles, create smaller meals, write articles and short stories. Walk, draw, write, but make sure you finish what you’re working on. Then make another one just a little bit bigger, a little bit better.
There are so many writers who have books in their souls that we will never read, and so many works of art that will die in the hearts of the artists who could have made them.
Don’t leave your mountain unclimbed, your race unrun.
See you next Wednesday.