Everybody’s got a mountain to climb…
Reflecting on my experience at Ascend Friday night (indoor climbing facility, South Side of Pittsburgh) and waiting for my forearms and hands to return to me (still sluggish today) I was reminded of a favorite book, “Touching The Void” by Joe Simpson. A compelling story of a world class climber who survives a fall that only begins his fight for life… an epitome of human spirit and perseverance.
Anyway, as I was hanging by the rope with forearms gassed, feet precariously perched on tiny nubs on the wall, wanting to be done, my belay and other climbers where encouraging me to finish because I was about two moves from the top. After several more attempts, rests and regrouping I completed the climb.
Funny how many thoughts can run through your head while hanging from a rope. But by remaining there in that situation, it forced me to problem solve and make choices.
At first I kept thinking and actually saying “I can’t reach that”, or pull up any more or push any harder. Then I got technical in my head, “Oh you can’t reach that because your hip flexor is tight” or “I can’t push off because I’ve got poor plantarflexion on that side” and “My thoracic spine is stopping me from twisting over that way”… “What the Hell...stop… just climb.” My choice here also was to keep going and so I found other ways to make it happen.
So whether it is gaining more bend of a finger to grip better and actually climb a mountain, strengthening your legs to get out of a chair and walk, improve the efficiency of your jump or maybe deal with emotional baggage from a life event... “Everybody’s got a mountain to climb”...how monumental depends on your perspective.
The climbing wall was a humbling experience. Exposing both physical and mental limitations. However, identifying areas in need is your first step in conquering them. And many times you need someone, outside your situation, to encourage you to push and continue to "climb on."
When you are ready to identify and conquer “Your Mountain” call us at Motion in Action LLC.
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P.S. Thanks to the Allman Brothers for such a great song also.