anne russell
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head in the clouds

I've been accused many times over the years of having my head in the clouds. At times it's just to be somewhere other than where I am, but often it's a longing for something greater; something higher, better, beyond what I know or can know.

That's one of the things that I love the best about my years as a rock climber - being so high up, above everything, sometimes even above the clouds. When you look down from such heights, everything appears in the most intense clarity, like it's just been washed clean.

It's not such a bad thing, having one's head in the clouds. Sometimes it's the only way to rise above the weather of the day.

"J'avais envie d'autre chose - de nouveaute, d'emotions, d'aventures, de liberte, des grandes espaces."
("I longed for something else - novelty, emotions, adventures, liberty, wide open spaces. ")
- catherine d'estivelle, climber extraordinaire