Climbing peaks and letting go of valleys

Omar Samra is known for a few things: he was the first Egyptian to climb Mount Everest and to complete the Seven Summits challenge; he is currently training to become an astronaut; he is also an entrepreneur and the creator of a charity that provides toys to less privileged children.

However, he also came to be known for his story in the very popular Humans of New York photography project. The author of Humans of New York, Brandon Stanton, described the section about Omar as follows:

Today I’ll be sharing the story of Omar Samra, an Egyptian who’s climbed the highest mountain on every continent. But as will become apparent later today, the power of his story has nothing to do with mountains.

Here’s part 1 of his story in the project:

“I’ve become much less goal oriented as I’ve grown older. I spent twelve years dreaming about climbing Mt. Everest. It…

Gepostet von Humans of New York am Dienstag, 31. März 2015


The story has 4 parts (you should check out part 2, part 3, part 4), and unfortunately a tragic ending. However, stories often change depending on where we decide to end telling them. Omar Samra had a TEDx talk in 2016, where the story, and him, seem to have finally received much-needed closure.

His talk is a classic story (which in many cases means it holds an essential truth that needs retelling, not ignored) of how some life events need to be forgiven, if they cannot be forgotten. They need to be let go.

Listen to his talk to find out how he managed to let go and provide a different ending to his story.


Photo: Pixabay

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Radu studied film & computing, works in EdTech as a content creator, and reads nonfiction books in his spare time.

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