Mount Kinabalu Climb- 27 Feb to 2 Mac, 2013

Posted by ishm (dubai, United Arab Emirates) on 30 April 2013 in People & Portrait.

Yeah! I'm 40.

It's not about what I achieved in my life on a professional level, or how much money I made or lost. Rather, it's to dig into the relationships I have with my friends and see how they made my life so meaningful and rewarding. Too often, when looking back, we judge ourselves by the "trappings" of our lives—the jobs, bank accounts, material possessions and all the things we put so much time and energy into acquiring. Yet in the end, I'll take a good friend over any of those, any time.

To me, the most important aspect of friendship is the support, cheer leading and nourishment that such a relationship offers over the years. As we grow older, we all change. However, in true friendship, we change and grow together. And that's why it's so important to have good friends close to you during the tough times as well as the joyful ones.

In many ways, friendship is like marriage because you have to work on it every day. It's not easy to meet someone at a young age and maintain a close relationship. For friendship to thrive, you have to be considerate of each other's feelings and respect each other's values and beliefs.

Someone said that you could judge a person by how many true friends he or she has. Maybe that's why friendship has meant so much to me all my life. Being Fabulously Forty, I would like to pass this on to my children and encourage you to pass it on to yours:

Acquaintances may come and go, but family and friends are the true anchors of life. Never lose sight of the fact that they are precious, no matter what the circumstances.

It was a huge challenge climbing Mount Kinabalu for all of us, but it's the preparation, anticipation and everything in between that made the experience most rewarding. We've decided and already making plans for our next climb in March 2014. With the addition of Onny, Ridzuan, John & Khalid into the group I can expect the climb will be nothing but Awesome!!

From Left to Right- Admiral, Azrul, Iwan, Onnie & Yours truly.

Thank you for visiting my photoblog. Your constructive comments, advice, views and critique are most welcomed..Cheers!

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

I like your words about friendship! Well said. Congrats on your climb!

13 May 2013 1:39pm


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