In 2008, I joined the Mt Pinatubo trek organized by one of my former co-workers. The planned activity started out with a few people that somehow quickly ballooned to a bigger group. It was a memorable trip with plenty of life lessons learned and rediscovered along the way.
Some remembered thought balloons on that trip:
~Being comfortable does not necessarily bring happiness. And truly, miles away from your comfort zone await the simple joys of life that you could miss out when you are busy not looking.
~There are moments in life that giving up is not an option unless you want to get stuck in terrains that could get dangerous for you at any given moment.
~There are some people, often strangers, that you just have to trust. And most times, they would not fail you.
~Nothing reveals character than an extremely challenging trek where you are stripped of all the comforts you are used to.
~Everything is really about the trek, the climb, or whatever personal hell you need to go through to reach your destination. The view from above is just icing on the cake.