The prompt today: the learning curve.
I learned a very important lesson in training today: in order to survive seven hours in the sauna room, get there first and sit directly in front of the fan.
Perched on the starting line, the peak seems unattainable, hidden behind clouds of confusion. Students on either side of you are digging in their heels, crossing their arms, and muttering dark threats about not even trying.
There is a temptation to join them in their grumbling but you push it away. Instead you begin to examine the ground before you and soon realize that there is a way through the razor sharp glass and massive boulders.
Those who have gone before you have cleared a path.
Knowing that you are not the first fills you with confidence. You take the first step, leaving the others behind. The going is not easy but it is manageable.
As you near the top the clouds begin to clear and you pause to admire the view. Far below you hear the struggles of your fellow students and wonder what they are stumbling over. With a shrug you continue on to the peak.
Once there you smile as you survey the remaining terrain, knowing that it's all downhill from here.