But it is good to think about the future. It depends on how we approach this future though because prospecting about your future can enrich your life.
Beyond our own known horizon
Last Friday and Saturday, I was lucky enough to watch close up the 17th edition of the Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc (UTMB) event in Chamonix, France.
But what is the UTMB? It is a series of trail races, spanning three countries, and ranging between 4, 8 and 15 kilometres long for young runners YCC (Youth Chamonix Courmayeur), to the 300 kilometre, 25,000m-elevation-gain (D+), 2 to 3 person-team Petite Trotte à Léon (PTL) race – and anything in between!
Some 10,000 men, women and youngsters, showing exceptional physical and mental abilities, as well as a certain degree of madness, undertake these gruelling feats…
Non-trailers out there might wonder why one would put themselves through such extreme endurance, and to be honest I did too, until I witnessed this most humbling of moments:
Spaniard Gorka Zubeldia Letamendia, lifting his prosthetic leg at the finish line as he successfully completed the 101km Courmayeur Champex Chamonix (CCC) race in 28 hours and 5 minutes. He was the last participant to finish the race.
It was a moment of double victory. One over high altitudes (>2,500m), a difficult course (6,100m D+), and at times, arduous weather conditions… and one over the odds: not letting what has been a life-changing injury to define him for the rest of his life.
And it is very much this opportunity – being able to prove to oneself that anything is possible and that we can go beyond our own known horizon or capabilities – that such high-performance events bring on.
Access to true resilience of the mind and remarkable courage of the heart, on top of a well-trained body. The concept of hedonic or positive adaptation in the context of significant adversity.
So a big HATS OFF to all UTMB 2019 runners, with a special mention to Gorka and any other runners with an impairment.
Image: UTMB – Christophe Pallot