January 11, 2008

Sir Edmund Hillary: Inspiration to Reach Beyond Boundaries

1919 - 2008
You don't have to be a fantastic hero to do certain things - to compete. You can be just an ordinary chap, sufficiently motivated to reach challenging goals. --Sir Edmund Hillary

After Peter Jackson, Sir Edmund Hillary is probably the next most famous New Zealander in the world. At 11:30 on the morning of May 29, 1953, he and Tenzing Norgay reached the summit of Mount Everest, 29,028 feet above sea level, the highest spot on earth.

It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves. --Sir Edmund Hillary

As a result of the deep bond he developed with his Sherpa friend, Tenzing, Hillary also devoted much of his life to helping the Sherpa people through the Himalayan Trust, which he founded. He was also outspoken about the current attitudes of mountain climbers where they would be willing to leave people on the mountains to die in order to get to the top.

It is with great respect that this Diva commemorates the exceptional life of this Divus who inspired others to push beyond their personal boundaries, and who also showed us the value of true friendship.

May he rest in peace.

1 comment:

Hayley H. said...

I totally agree Sir Edmond Hillary was a big inspiration to many.