It's About the Journey!
I can't let this story go without applying my experience on the mountain to the journey of watercolour. In painting we can find ourselves in a similar struggle, seeking to develop our painting skills without ever feeling like we're meeting our goals and expectations. That constant feeling of being behind, slower than the rest of the pack, not getting where we want to be, can discourage us and keep us from ever putting brush to paper.
I love painting, but just like running, I am continually challenging myself to be better, and it's very easy to forget to look back and see how far I've come. Instead of being frustrated at my pace, wanting to be further ahead than I am, I need to spend time refocusing, channeling my thoughts so that I keep the right goals in sight and love the path I'm on. In watercolour, it's about the journey, not the finish line.