Sitting at my desk in Brooklyn, New York some random day in October of 2016 I decided to reach out to a professor of mine I hadn’t seen in something like 7 years. He had just finished a Rickshaw relay in India and I had seen it on Facebook. I thought what a crazy idea and how cool that someone is halfway around the world doing something wild and taking a camera along. So in true Michaela fashion I reached out and asked to be invited on the next adventure. Little did I know that the response would read, “Everest Base Camp Trek, Nepal.”
Now yes, I consider myself someone with some rational thinking but in this moment my intuition, something in my gut, was screaming DO IT! Maybe it was that I had to commit to doing it in December and the trek wouldn’t be until the end of May in 2017 that made it feel less intimidating. Whatever it was I signed up and found myself in Lukla (We’ll get to that later) some 8 days before my 32nd birthday with a group of strangers I had never met before about to embark on a climb that anyone in their right mind would tell you I was nuts for doing.
You know I think that the timing of this particular event wasn’t chance. Something in my being was telling me I needed to do this to prove to myself that while the entire world might tell me I can’t, while I might tell myself I can’t that I most certainly can. I didn’t know that taking a leap of faith and going around the globe with strangers to do something I would have never in a million years have considered doing would forever alter the way I think not only about life and adventure but about myself.
Every now and then you have to get out of your own way and tell yourself, “I can” instead of “I cant.” And even if after you say it, you still don’t believe it… do it until you can’t deny it. This is how I found Everest at an elevation of 18,192 feet a little over a year ago. You might be asking yourself, “Why didn’t she write about it sooner?” and there is only one answer to that… it took me until now to really process such an adventure.
Taking a chance on myself, spending time on myself, not being afraid all led me to a place where I truly now know that I can. It is with little doubt now that I believe SELFKIND was born in Nepal on a three week long trip that I had no access to internet, phone service or modern luxuries but I did have access to strangers stories who later became family, adventure that changed every day and true, uninterrupted access to myself.
I look forward to sharing more about my experience in future posts. Please comment below with any questions or specific topics you might want to hear most about!