"To finally, finally reach the summit is magical! I have no more energy, but is 100% alive and filled with passion. The greatest experiences that demand the most physical and mental effort, will give you the highest reward and joy of life."
These are the words of climate research explorer Carina Ahlqvist, who is my guest on this week’s episode of Stories for the future. She is one of the most experienced Swedish female climbers, climbing higher than 8000 m mountains, collecting samples for NASA and the European Space Agency, as well as being a member of the Explorers Club New York.
When we not only understand, but also perceive ourselves as part of the natural world, respect for the planet comes as a result of the awe that we encounter.
Carina brings you up an 8000 m mountain, saying that we are all climbers as we have all our own mountain to climb.
Carina shares her story about making much needed changes in her life after facing a serious burnout, how to cope with stress by being aware of your inner soul and embracing change, and how owning less stuff has made her feel more free.
One of her favorite quotes says a lot about the way she wants to live her life:
”Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail”.