Slowly but surely I have been crossing things off my list. I have been having fun, feeling alive, and learning a great deal of life’s lessons. Today was rock climbing.
I have wanted to rock climb for a very long time. Not the stuffed, indoor rock walls but a real rock on a real mountain with real equipment. Much to the chagrin of the people that love me I headed off at the crack of dawn.
First I had to get fitted for equipment. When I met Jason (the guide) he was cracking jokes. Little did I know this pleasant, funny guy that did a wicked Kermit the Frog impression would end up saving my life…3 times.
Apparently I did a pretty good job on the beginner level so the people I was with decided I should try a more strenuous slope. Strenuous was an understatement. At one point I was hanging by 2 fingers searching frantically for a foothold cursing my vertically challenged stature. One of my lessons came at that point when my arms were shaking and my fingers were slipping- trust.
Sometimes in life we have to trust people. We have to rely on others to be there for us. We must accept that they will do what they promise and know that we are not alone.
Yes, fear gripped my heart as my fingers slid from the crevice. Yes, I screamed so loud several people from Germany that were supposed to climb next decided a trip to NYC would be interesting and high tailed it out of there. Yes, I have a scrape on my elbow and wounded pride. And yes, Jason saved me. I only fell a few feet (as opposed to the hundred and fifty feet I could have dropped). Life lesson- make sure you have someone to watch your back. And make certain you show your appreciation. Tips are good karma.
The next lesson came quickly on the heels of the first. When you fall in the middle of climbing a mountain you still have to continue…either up or down. I learned that fear can keep you from accomplishing your goals. I was more tentative and scared after the fall. Tentative doesn’t work. I had to reach down deep and find that part of myself that was stronger than the fear. And I did. It felt great.
In life, fear can keep you down but the best things in life come from feeling fear and conquering it. Don’t be afraid to step outside your comfort zone. If there’s something you really want, work through the fear and go for it. Sometimes you’ll fall and you’ll learn a lesson. Then you’ll get back up, keep going, and succeed…and feel absolutely amazing!
Action Step: What fear is keeping you from accomplishing your goals? How can you take one step today to overcome that fear? Close your eyes and imagine the intense feeling of power and joy that will come when you conquer fear and reach your destination.