Beck Weathers: lessons from Everest

Beck Weathers is one of the survivors featured in the 2015 movie Everest. His story of being left for dead on the tallest mountain in the world has been the source of much writing. Not only is this a great story of survival, but one we can learn from in our quest to find meaning in life.

Dissatisfied with success
Beck was a successful doctor in Dallas but unhappy with his life. "As his list of accomplishments grew, however, he became more and more detached and withdrawn from those who should have been closest to him — his family. As he prepared for Everest, he was the most successful but loneliest man he knew...Most of his life, Weathers suffered from severe depression. He eventually made a discovery that changed his life: If he drove his body to exhaustion, he didn’t feel depressed anymore." (Dallas News, September 17, 2015)

What would make a man who appeared to have it all risk his life to climb a large rock?

"I always in the past lived in the future...setting a achieving goals...which means you are always living in the future which never arrives. Life is simply better when you can get the point of being comfortable in your own skin and not define yourself by your achievements" (interview quote)

A new set of Priorities
After surviving the mountain, Beck lives with a new set of priorities. The event saved his marriage and he is able to find the joy the alluded him in the past.

I don't know if Beck Weathers is a Christian, but I do know that experiences have a way of changing us. When we are stripped away of the things we feel entitled to, the things that really matter have a way of rising to the surface. Utlimately, our search for meaning will force us to answer the tough questions.

  • Are you finding the life your soul longs for with your current mindset?
  • Are you caught in the rat race of life and wondering why you have no joy?
  • What is the Everest in your life? Something you are trying to conquer in hopes that it will give you meaning.

When you are sick and tired of being sick and tired...Jesus says "I am the way, the truth and the LIFE" (Jn 14:6) & "I have come that you may have LIFE" (Jn 10:10). God has designed life in such a way that we can only find the LIFE we are looking for when we say Yes to a relationship with him.