There’s a reason the idea of a “path” is so prominent in martial arts, philosophy, and really any great pursuit. The path followed through life can be explained with virtually all of the same words used to describe a journey along a physical path. Not only that but the ideas brought forth by the “things” encountered along the way seem to show us different aspects of the same lesson. Just like any endeavor the trail started out well traveled and easy to follow. As I gained in elevation the path became less and less traveled, tougher to follow. You see the fewest other people up here, especially in uncomfortable conditions. You also come to appreciate those who came before you. The ones who forged the trail and gave you a way to elevate yourself that you might step past their steps at some point as you continue on your path.