The other day I went rock climbing with two friends – another tick off the Life List! I’ve always wanted to try it, but somehow have never got around to it before. But anyway. It was awesome!!
It was a lot harder than I thought it would be – and more mentally than physically, actually. You have the capacity to do it, but still you don’t quite believe it. But then, all of a sudden you reach the top and you can casually absail back down.
I thought of it afterwards and realized that rock climbing is a lot like life. At times, it’s easy and you move along smoothly and with a light foot. But then you’re faced by an obstacle that, no matter what angle you look at it, seems impossible to get past. You try everything, but again and again, you fail. Only when you try it one more time, just a little inch differently, do you succeed.
It’s a feeling like no other, realizing that you’ve made it. You look back down the wall/road, thinking how easy it looks, but you’ll forever remember the spots where you got stuck.
If we just soldier on, we’ll all reach the top. Yes, there might be a massive-looking boulder in front of you, but put it all in perspective. Make that boulder as small as it looks from the ground. Shut out all the voices saying that you can’t do it, and do it anyway.
Because you can. You totally can.
(Oh, and I highly recommend trying rock climbing. It’s really cool!)