We should all have such big dreams. Like climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, not one time, but a dozen times. And then there was the trek up Mount Everest. You might even decide to climb the highest peak on every continent – completing the seven summits. Now, imagine you did all this with only one lung!
This all sounds like the accomplishments of superman – and in many ways it is. Meet a real life superman – 41 year old Sean Swarner. Doctors had given Swarner just two weeks to live. He remembers sitting on the floor of his shower, 60 pounds overweight and losing his hair from the cancer treatments. Swarner was diagnosed with cancer at age 13 and again at age 16.
His autobiography “Keep Climbing: How I Beat Cancer and Reached the top of the World”, captures the lowest moments of his journey, yet it celebrates the pinnacle of a life worth living. You’ll love this – his life motto:
“THE HUMAN CONDITION CAN SUSTAIN ITSELF FOR ROUGHLY THREE DAYS WITHOUT WATER, BUT NO HUMAN ALIVE CAN LIVE FOR MORE THAN 30 SECONDS WITHOUT HOPE.”
Every year, he gives a cancer survivor hope – as a guide and positive companion to climb Mount Kilimanjaro. “Taking people up Kilimanjaro, I see a transformation, it gives them the tools to say, ‘Hey if I can conquer that mountain, I can do anything.” Swarner shines a light for other cancer survivors through his foundation, the Cancer Climber Association.
The Next Leap Forward
There is not a human-being alive who has not experienced a few setbacks in their lives. How you perceive those setbacks is the ultimate test. Consider the setbacks an opportunity to shine – to showcase your finest moments.
Sean Swarner discovered his finest moments at his darkest hour. He was able to take the lowest point and turn it into the highest of highs. My friends, there is nothing more awesome than achieving the ultimate high in life – especially after sinking to the deep depths of despair.
To find ones purpose in life – this is the ultimate high!
What mountains are you attempting to climb in your own life?
What are the setbacks that are holding you from fulfilling your goals?
How can you turn your darkest moments into your brightest days?
How many lives can you impact on the journey forward?
We each have a purpose in life. Now go find yours!