“Mountains should be climbed with as little effort as possible, and without desire. The reality of your own nature should determine the speed. If you become restless, speed up. If you become winded, slow down. You climb the mountain in an equilibrium between restlessness and exhaustion. Then, when you’re no longer thinking ahead, each footstep isn’t just a means to an end, but a unique event in itself. This leaf has jagged edges. This rock looks loose. These are the things you should notice anyway. To live only for some future goal is shallow. It is the sides of the mountain which sustain life, not the top.”

Robert Pirsig


Author: zoegoesrunning

Hello! I'm a runner, a writer, and have run across the United States and the Tour de France course. Most recently, I'm blogging about my adventures in an MFA program that will bring me to Chile, Argentina, and Brazil, and my teaching plans for Argentina.

3 thoughts on “Friday”

  1. Well, you’ve definitely left the ordinary world now, and are living in that zone of the now that comes with the giving of yourself to an extremely long run, walk, ride or sail. Enjoy it, and know that your life is changed forever…

  2. I really enjoy pictures like this. They let you mind wonder. I have similar ones as my desktop background. Enjoy the journey and this picture can always take you back to feeling of endless possibilities.

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