There’s a mountain in Tanzania, far, far, away from any thoughts of the Coronavirus aka COVID19.

I successfully climbed to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro two weeks ago, bringing the lessons from the mountain home to help us to navigate the challenges ahead.

Rose and Cindy on DAY 1 of Kilimanjaro

So today, as I watch the world react in fear and panic to the COVID19 pandemic, I have something to tell the World Health Organization. While economies are crashing, shelves are growing bare, and schools and businesses are closing, my quest to climb Kili provides a wonderful metaphor for how to face life’s unpredictable challenges.

You will never reach the top of the mountain without courage and determination. Without a positive frame of mind, you will never successfully tackle what scares you. Climbing Kilimanjaro is one of the toughest physical and mental challenges I’ve ever faced but the lessons from my climb show me how to face a world gripped with fear.

Do as Tanzanians do, “Poly, poly.” This means take one step at a time.

Don’t rush and don’t worry. You will get to where you need to be if you focus on the present and stay determined to succeed.

Be happy and live, despite the hardship and the pains. There is joy in the climb so see it and manage as best as you can.

And, be brave and be prepared. The weather can change in a flash and nature will always throw you a curve. But build community, support each other and weather the storms and the challenges together.

Hope you enjoy DAY 1 of Climbing Kilimanjaro and be safe.

Rose McInerney

Author Rose McInerney

Rose combines her love of all things artfully-designed to connect women to a shared community of learning and a richer, more fulfilled self. As a passionate storyteller, published writer, and international traveler, Rose believes women can build a better world through powerful storytelling.

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