Fuji-san & Early Mornings – What climbing a mountain made me realize about a morning routine

Routine is what gives you control over your life, and a proper routine starts in the morning. But finding a time or opportunity to start that routine can be as difficult as sticking to it.

Climbing Mt. Fuji to watch the sunrise forces you to follow a plan. And if you can climb the tallest mountain in Japan, starting a simple morning routine shouldn’t be too hard.

Right?

“Earn the sunrise.”

I
first heard this line while listening to the Joe Rogan Podcast, as
Joe talked about Jocko Willink. For the unaware, Willink is an
ex-Navy SEAL with a strictly regimented daily schedule that runs from
from the early morning to late evening. He
begins every single day at 4:30 to work out and “earn the sunrise.”

Naturally, to see one man impose discipline upon everything in his life prompts well-due introspection. One year has passed since my arrival in Japan, and while many things have changed, many things appear to have stayed the same.

Ambition without direction is a ship without a captain, and this last year has seen a captain who has been inconsistent in his command.

In light of the arrival’s anniversary, I found it high time to helm my ship and guide it into port. This thought was foremost in my mind as I climbed Mt. Fuji last week to earn the sunrise on July 23rd.

My 23rd birthday.

Yoshida 5th Station Trailhead, the start of the journey

A monumental mountain for a momentous occasion

This was a special birthday for me in a few ways. It marked my first birthday in Japan, and exactly one year since I launched this blog. And turning 23 on the 23rd made the day special in that once-in-a-lifetime sort of way.

In short, it felt momentous, and I meant to capitalize on this occasion.

Mt.
Fuji sat alone as the final endeavor on …continue reading