Meet The Sherpa!
I met my new favorite person a few months ago through a mutual friend. I’ve learned enough about him that his nickname became quite obvious. He’s Sherpa Tenzing Norgay. Well, first I was going to go with The Sherpa, until a friend clued me in to the story of Tenzing Norgay, which is very interesting. Photo above is from Wikipedia, as is this bit of information:
Tenzing Norgay, GM (late May 1914 — 9 May 1986) born Namgyal Wangdi and often referred to as Sherpa Tenzing, was a Nepali Indian Sherpa mountaineer who later settled in India. Among the most famous mountain climbers in history, he was one of the first two individuals known to have reached the summit of Mount Everest, which he accomplished with Edmund Hillary on 29 May 1953. He was named by Time Magazine as one of 100 most influential people of the 20th century.
Sherpa Tenzing, and I mean “my” sherpa, bears resemblance to the original in several uncanny ways. First, he actually sort of looks like him a bit. He is Asian, after all. Second, he is/was an avid climber (not necessarily a mountaineer, but close). Third, if we read further down in the Wikipedia article about Tenzing Norgay, we see that “Tenzing” is a Tibetan name/word meaning “equilibrium in all its essence.”
Now it gets weird. The first time I met the card reader that he knows, she read his cards and they all said he was balanced, balanced, balanced. Um, cool. For the record, I agree, and he’s a wise old soul, too, who knows where he’s going. Very sherpa-like.
So, Sherpa Tenzing it is!