The blessings of a million lessons are certainly life-confirming. But what about the events that are truly life-changing?Adam and Kate speak with Jenn Drummond. Surviving what should have been a fatal car crash and literally walking away from the accident ignited a renewed sense of purpose to make the absolute most of every minute. Learn how her life’s circumstances channeled a pure calling to climb and push new limits.
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Jenn Drummond is on a quest to set a world record. The mother of seven is determined to climb the Seven Second Summits—the second-highest mountains on each continent. In this podcast excerpt, she shares why she decided to climb Mt. Everest as part of her training. She also talks about conquering our own personal Everests and living life to the fullest.
JD: I have a son that comes home from school who’s pouting that he hates his math. I’m like, “Hey buddy, we do hard things here. Let’s get this math done.” He looks up at me and he goes, “Mom, if we do hard things, why aren’t you climbing Mount Everest?” I said, “Well, let’s talk about Mount Everest when you’re done with this math assignment.” Then a couple of my kids came home from school the next week with books on Mount Everest. We came to the decision as a family that I was climbing Mount Everest.
AN: You made this decision together as a family to do this. How have you continued to involve your kids in this process?
JD: So, they’ve each claimed a mountain. They each have their mountain, and we do a lot of work behind the scenes. What’s the language? What’s the diet? What’s the economy like? The most recent thing that’s been huge is that I’m climbing Mount Everest. I have four of my seven kids at an elementary school in Park City. At their school for a month, they’re doing a theme called What Is Your Everest? Since technology is amazing, while I’m at base camp, I’m going to do a zoom call for the whole school, where the kids can ask questions and see how things are going.
I set out to do Everest because of a homework challenge.
KS: I want to know what’s going on inside your brain that you never got to a place that you think, “Oh, only 18 women have done all the Second Summits, and four out of the first five have died, but that’s not going to be me,” What do you tell yourself? What’s your self talk?
JD: So the car accident made a big difference for me with this because I was on vacation about a month ago and a friend of mine was hiking in Antelope Island. She fell, hit her head, and died instantly. I was in a car wreck going 70 miles an hour, rotated three times, and ended upside down in a median and walked away. So, I think my philosophy on death is I don’t get to choose when I die. That’s out of my realm. But what I do get to choose is how I live. So, I’m going to live doing me as best as I can.
KS: So there’s no fear of death that may have been there before, after you had the accident and walked away from that?
JD: There really isn’t. I mean, life is a gift, and as long as I celebrate that gift, when it’s my time to go, it’s okay.
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