Diggs Brown: On To the Next Summit

There are things that happen that change your life, sometimes for the better and sometimes for the worse. Just how these will influence the rest of your life is really up to you.

That being said, there was a time when I didn’t quite comprehend the message. I had fallen on hard times and these had taken the wind out of my sails. Spending hours, days, weeks alone in a tormented shell became the norm. The VA wasn’t really getting me anywhere.

We all know the anxieties and tribulations that haunt us as we navigate the post-combat experience. I am not telling you anything you do not already know. I do want to tell you something else however, and it is important to understand that the decision to move forward with your life is easier than you imagine.

If you are reading this blog page and contemplating a climb with No Barriers, you are already taking a step in the right direction.

Participating in the Warriors to Summits (formerly Soldiers to Summits) program rejuvenated me. I could go on and on about all the wonderful and sometimes challenging things that occurred during the program, but you know, everyone’s experience will be different.

I do want to share with you where I’ve gone and where I am going since the climb to my summit.

The transformation wasn’t immediate, and in fact I cannot pinpoint a date. Ultimately I began to challenge myself more and more. I wasn’t forcing myself to go out and snowshoe or ski, but I wanted to. I wanted to keep my stamina and conditioning at a higher level — to experience life as it had been in years past.

Currently, I am in better shape than I have been in years. I am skiing and snowshoeing weekly and will continue to do so through the Colorado winter. I will kayak this summer, something I have always wanted to try. I am headed out to Los Angeles to audition for a movie role, something I used to do and am ready to try again. In August, I will climb Mount Kilimanjaro. I don’t think my life could be moving in a more positive direction than it is now.

Of course, there are still some ups and downs, but a lot more ups and a diminishing number of downs.

So, what is the moral of this story? Simply put, go out and challenge yourself. Climb to your summit. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain.

What is inside you is stronger than the challenges in your way.

See you on the summit.