Rock Climbing Episode

When you think of rock climbing, what comes to mind?  Is it an image of a chiseled man or woman hanging precariously off of a cliff?   They look as though they can barely hold on but just in the nick of time they find the strength to reach up and grab the ledge?  No?  Just me?  Maybe I’ve seen Sylvester Stallone’s movie Cliffhanger one too many times.

Seriously, I’ve seen images of people rock climbing via movies, tv shows, magazines and I thought “I wanna try that”.  I really would like to try it outdoors but I honestly haven’t worked up the nerve to try that yet (but I’ll take that leap soon).  As it turns out, for those too afraid to try it outdoors, there are tons on indoor rock climbing courses.

There are two near the city I live in.  The first isn’t too intimidating.  It’s located inside of our local gym.  My 17 year old and 7 year old tried (we’re going to skip over their age gap for now) and they both reached the top, rang the bell and climbed back down.  Yes, I got showed up by my 7 year old.  They tried to encourage me to try.  I made the lame excuse that I’ll try it next time.

The next time came and I had to push fear aside and just do it.  I was hesitant.  Again, weight played a factor but we can’t wait until everything’s perfect before be venture out;  if we did, we’d never try anything.  I didn’t make it to the top of this particular course but we could only free climb and I’m not about that free climbing life.  We decided to drive to the other rock climbing course.

This one was ridiculous and extremely intimidating.  There were multiple courses and the beginner one, as you can see from the pictures, was no joke.

It took me a few minutes to psych myself out and try it.  I got harnessed, received instructions and there I went.  Actually, it was a little more like climb, fall; climb, fall; climb, fall.

I didn’t reach the top of this course either but I went further than I did the first time.  I was extremely proud of myself.  I tried something I had always wanted to.  Yes, I was afraid of falling, failing, people staring and wondering why I’d get up there.  I, thank God, pushed beyond all of that and tried it.

What are you willing to do today to push beyond your limits?

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