I posted an image from my favourite mountain - the Niesen - a little while ago. This mountain is called the Swiss pyramid for obvious reasons. As a kid, I really enjoyed the shape of this mountain. I think it was because it looked like the type mountain you would draw as a child. It could also be that it just has an intriguing shape, or that I’m bit weird, obsessing over mountain shapes so much.
I don’t exactly know what age I was when I first laid my eyes upon this piece of rock, earth and snow but what I do recall is the moment that I went to a different resort to go skiing. This resort was situated slightly more towards the east, near the town of Beatenberg. The weirdest thing dawned on me that day. There were mountains behind the Niesen! I was stupefied! All I knew until then, was the North-facing mountainside that overlooked the tiny mountain town in which we spent our winter holidays. I never expected or assumed that there was anything behind this mountain, for all I knew that was where the planet ended. (An actual thought / believe of mine at the time)
I got a flashback of this epiphany when I was hiking around the same area recently, and it made me think of perspective. Perspective is a vital part in photography - but also in life - in a more general sense. There are many ways to view a subject. Oftentimes, the angle in which we view a subject skews the perspective. I think that this is why I enjoy hiking in the mountains so much. Your perspective constantly changes when you start ascending a mountain, or simply when you make your way through the valleys. Mountains never look exactly the same.
Sometimes it is a good idea to take a step to the side, view a subject, or in some cases an obstacle (when speaking about life in a more general sense), from a different angle. It might change your perspective and you might come to realize it is not the end of the world you are looking at.