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The Big 100

By Contemplatingtheclouds @contempclouds

I have no idea how this has happened, but this post is my 100th!

I feel this is some sort of milestone and should somehow be represented, but having thought about it I’m not really sure how. Should I bake a cake? Throw a party? Go out for dinner? They all seem a bit redundant for something electronic, and a bit elaborate – even if I’m going to write about them afterwards. Perhaps I could just do a long rambly post (no change there then) and mention that it’s the 100th post 100 times. Or not.

Maybe I should write about what Contemplating means to me, but do I really know? That then would seem rather pointless and something I would only do to procrastinate. Here goes then…

Contemplating the Clouds comes from when I sat at my desk in Nelson St and continually stared out the window, contemplating the clouds (see what I did there?), instead of working. The blog version was originally set up as a procrastination, to provide a diversion from academic reading, but has now turned into a conduit for my procrastination. So I guess in that sense the title is a euphemism for procrastinating. Aside from that I still have no idea why I do it.

If you were looking for something deeper, sorry to disappoint. Perhaps this isn’t the blog for you…

The other thing it seems fitting to do is to explain the header photo. Every time you go onto the homepage it’s there, but I’ve never explained it. That is, until now…

That photo comes from my trip to Tanzania in 2009 when a group of friends and I climbed Mt Kilimanjaro for ChildReach International. It was taken about 5am – not a time I’m particularly accustomed to seeing – and it is of me standing at Stella Point – the edge of the crater at the summit of Mt Kilimanjaro – having just climbed through the night to get there.

Not only is it, in my opinion, a stunning photo, but it will always remind me of how tough that last part of the climb is (they make you do it during the night so you cannot see the steep shale slopes, as many people would not be able to make them self do it) and how painful and exhausting it was. Pardon the self indulgence here, but it is one of the things I am most proud of and for me this photo sums everything up. It proves to me that I can do whatever I set my mind to as long as I persevere, but also fills me with a wealth of memories, all wrapped up in one simple photo. It also happens to fit in with the blog title as well, which is highly convenient.

Me at Stella Point, Mt Kilimanjaro
It is my favourite photo in the entire world.

Here’s to the next 100, may they be better than those that went before them.


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