Moving Mountains

Recently I read about a woman named Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner who climbed the second-highest mountain which had 14 of the world’s tallest peaks and was the first woman to do so without using any extra oxygen! This is an amazing accomplishment in itself, but to also be the first woman to succeed in this quest is outstanding. Now of days, women have a more active role in our culture than before the 19th century, however, we still have to work hard to make a title for ourselves in this world that is crafted towards men.

For example, if you read more of Kaltenbrunner’s story, you will find that she didn’t accomplish this climb the first time, but had tried at least four times already. Those previous climbs were not without sacrifice either! It says in the article that several of her fellow climbers had died on some of those trips, one just occurring the year before.

This goes to show that you don’t have to give up if you don’t at first succeed. It will seem like the world is working against you, but if you truly look within yourself for strength and know that what you set your mind to you will accomplish, nothing can stand in  your way. You don’t have to try to climb a K2 mountain to see how this works. You can easily apply this to your life in school, sports, extra-curricular activities, and future dreams. Set small goals for yourself and chose a route to take. If that route doesn’t work, try another, and another, until you reach your goal. This does take time and hard work, but don’t let being a female stop you from reaching your potential!

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