13 and standing on top of the world–A Modern Media Man?

May 23, 2010 by

Hats off to 13-year-old Jordan Romero, now the youngest person ever to scale Mount Everest.  What a tremendous feat. What an incredible adventure.

The Big Bear, CA resident now has scaled the tallest peaks on six continents.  His next adventure in December:  the Vinson Massif in Antarctica.

The young man reached the top of the world yesterday with his dad at his side.  He’s in eighth grade and took along two months worth of homework with him.  My guess is he’s learned a lot more spending five weeks climbing up Mount Everest than he will in his remaining years of school, but that’s another topic.

They had to take a different route than most in their adventure to get to the top of Everest.  In Napal, there’s an age limit for those who can scale the mountain.  On the Chinese side, there is no age limit.

An argument can be made that letting a kid so young do such a thing isn’t good for the kid.  I’ve gone round and round personally over the same issue and have been told I’m not considering what’s best for my kids.  Personally, I’d like to take my three girls, pull them out of school for a year and spend that time with all three of them traveling around the world.  Would they learn more about what they need to know about themselves and living and life in school, or going around the globe with their dad?

But as a dad, looking to the other side of the world at this fantastic feat, I have to say this to me is nothing but inspiring.  Who could imagine a  greater adventure in life than to scale to the top of the highest peaks on the globe and look down upon the surroundings right there with one’s dad at your side.

Personally, one of my greatest desires in life has been to go to a baseball game with my dad at Wrigley Field in Chicago.  We almost got to do that in 2004, but that year the Cubs were doing well and tickets were hard to come by.  With all three girls and dad in the car, we drove around looking for ticket sellers, but none were to be found.  I still hold out hope.  I was able to take his dad and his mom to a game.  But my dad always has remained elusive to this dream.  I don’t know why, but it’s not ever worked out.


But more importantly for Jordan Romero is that even at a young age, he and his dad are refusing to be confined to the norms and are in search of adventure.  I’m sure Jordan’s dad, Paul Romero, has been told numerous times how “Foolish, starry-eyed and out of his mind” he is for “exploiting” his child and putting him in such harm’s way.  It’s just this type of stereotyping that has put so many of today’s Mod Men in the unfriendly to the soul confined boxes in which many of us are stuck.

Today’s Modern Media Man I feel in many ways has lost his sense of adventure.  In many ways, from seeing Ex2’s boys sit tirelessly for hours at a computer screen playing RPGs, the generations of today are still escaping to adventures.  But I think one day they’re going to find they’ve missed so much about the world.

I’d imagine Jordan Romero isn’t one for sitting hours upon hours in front of a video game.  He’s out walking in the real one.  He’s healthier for it.  He’s more experienced for it.  And he’s living a much richer life.

My point isn’t that we all should pack up our hiking gear and head to China or Napal to climb Everest.  It’s more that today’s Modern Media Man needs to re-evaluate what purpose he wants to serve in this world and begin seeking it out.


In order to do so, my Faith Coach, Ron Rose told me last week that he wanted me to focus on the road blocks that are now in my way from seeking out God’s purpose in my life and the pursuit of those adventures that will make me more into who I desire to be.  As I’ve pointed out before, Tim Ferriss in The Four Hour Work Week stresses the same point–Find the 20 percent of things in your life that are causing 80 percent of your problems and eliminate them.

Once the roadblocks are out of the way, it’s time to identify and anticipate the stumbling blocks that might trip me up along in my adventures.

And then, maybe as important to the other two points, what mental blocks are out there that are keeping me from seeking out my life’s adventures?

This is what I feel to be one of the biggest problems for Modern Media Men.  The fear of the unknown. The dare to take risks.  The criticism that will come from daring to express or even pursue a dream.  Maybe this comes in the form of a nagging wife.  Maybe it’s a feeling that things are going to turn around this coming week if ….  Maybe it’s just that we as Modern Media Men have been beaten down so by the mores of our culture that we dare not be non-conformists.

Whatever it might be I’m encouraging you to have strength, to identify those immediate challenges, and search your soul for ways in which to over come them.  Maybe it’s the folly of youth that has Jordan Romero not worrying about the dangers of climbing the highest peaks on seven continents.  It doesn’t matter.  He’s out there living life.  He’s living an adventure.  He’s living out dreams some of us have yet to imagine from the confines of our living rooms or laying flat on our bed staring up at the texture of the ceiling as kids play on video games, the wife does what she’s doing, and the sun passes from the east to the west on another day of the same.

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A Summer 2010 dreamline goal: Climbing to the top of Half Dome in Yosemite

Apr 10, 2010 by

Thanks to reading Tim Ferriss' book, The Four-Hour Workweek, I've set some new personal goals and dreams for my life. One goal for this summer? I am going to do the 18-mile hike to the top of Yosemite's Half Dome by the end of this summer.

Whew.  For an admittedly over-weight 44-year-old man right now, that may seem a little wacky, but when you get down to it, it's just the sort of thing I need to strive for.   YosemiteHalfDome

Too many points in my life of late have been scattered about.  Dreams of the happily ever after I'd longed for have ended like being in a dream and suddenly waking up and not knowing what day it is. 

And in many ways, I feel like there is just about only one direction to go right now and that direction is up.  So what's one of my favorite spots on earth?  Yosemite.  What's the visual highlight of the park?  Half Dome.

I'm not even going to worry at the moment of how I get there or how I move about when I get to the park.  All those things will fall into place over the next few months.  What I need to do now is focus my physical energies on getting my body ready for the hike and then the last bit of the climb to ascend the top of that granite icon. 

A friend suggested that might be a little difficult living on the plains here in North Texas.  Maybe so, but I'm working on that, too.  For one, my EA SPORTS Active is about to get a good dose of daily use. There also is a weight room with lots of strength equipment.  My apartment complex is rolling hills so I'm walking everywhere I go in the complex and doing less driving.  I made my last gallon of sweetened tea the other day. I'm back to drinking water and skim milk only.   No soft drinks.  No alcohol. 

I did something else healthy last night.  I went to bed at 10 p.m.  Yes, even on a Friday night.  And I didn't get up until 7 a.m. and took a nap a little later in the day.  My food consumption today has been reduced and I'm eating foods that are good for me once again.

Yosemite, I'm coming for you again in a few months.  Time to make some money, get myself back in shape and then go conquer this goal. It means that much to me.  And we all know what happens when we set a goal that seems just a little out of reach.  We work like the Dickens to make it become a reality.

So there we go.  You all know what I'm up to.  The encouragement and accountability is asked for.  Prayers are welcomed as well.  I can do this.  Wanna join me in the quest?  It's not a good thing to do alone.  The more of us who do this the better.  Are you up for the challenge? 

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