I started climbing over 16 years ago. It started out because I was trying to impress a boy. But by the time I reached the top of the climbing wall in that small corner of the local Y, I had totally forgotten about the boy and I was hooked. I had never felt so powerful in my young life as when I reached the top of that wall on my own power.
In high school, I was the anti-athlete. I tried track once and that lasted all of 2 weeks. Mostly, I danced in high school. Climbing changed what I thought was possible for me to accomplish physically, and it continues to do so to this day.
I am a lifer. Climbing is my life and will always be a part of it. To some, that may sound rather myopic, but for me, climbing has opened a greater world. I have traveled many places and met far more people because of climbing. My husband, my friends, my community, my vacations- all are oriented around climbing. My disposable income is spent on gear and climbing trips. If you’re a climber, you get this. Climbing has shaped my worldview; redefined what ‘success’ and ‘happiness’ are for me. They aren’t things. New cars, new houses, the latest gadget… don’t mean much. But good partners, beautiful places, inspiring summits- those are the things that mean the most to me.
I also find that climbing is an analogy for life. I understand my challenges and their solutions through climbing metaphors. For whatever reason, the lesson imprints itself more strongly though climbing and then with that experience, I can extrapolate the lesson to other areas. Climbing has been my life coach so to speak, inspiring me to try harder, to let go of excuses and most importantly, to give myself up to the present moment.
As I learn along the way, I occasionally like to share the product of my pontification and this blog is where I do that. I invite you to share my journey- and share yours with me as well through comments on my blog or social media sites! Let’s keep the conversation going about just awesome climbing is and how lucky we are to live the elevated life.