The mountains inspire us. One of the reasons we moved to the Gaspé peninsula was for the mountains. Some people (our families?) might find it strange but we need to be close to the mountains.
We know this about ourselves. During our years in Maine we learned that mountains are a part of our family identity. They are a part of what makes us tick. They are our family's playground, a place we find great joy and spiritual, creative and physical renewal.
They freak us out a bit too, especially in winter. Or maybe just me (Damien has mountain in his blood, he needs them like I need flowers and the woods).
Mountains inspire us to greatness.
I'm not saying we're great. I'm saying close proximity to mountains inspires us to dream big, push our boundaries and take risks. And helps us to teach that to our kids.
We are willing to give up a lot, and indeed we have, to have this inspiration as part of our lives. But for us, it's worth it.