Rock climbing is winning the hearts of many at a rapid pace…
If you’ve been bitten by the climbing bug then you know exactly what I’m talking about. There is something beautiful about pushing yourself; journeying outside your comfort zone and making something that seemed impossible, possible. Climbing demands the exploitation of every corner of your creativity and ability. It pushes you to the edge where you discover more of who you are or have become.
Climbing is meaningful to me because it requires the embodiment of values and virtues I desire to become; values and virtues that have given me immeasurable peace and progression.
Climbing is a journey of self discovery and challenge – a domain where justification, rationalization, and self-deception could not only cost you your life, but your partners.
In this way, climbing to me is one of the best metaphors I’ve discovered that makes life’s realities more visible and harder to ignore – which I think we all do at times because truth isn’t always self-serving or convenient.
Rock climbing gets me outside so I can enjoy all the real, tangible, wonders and miracles that are so easily tuned out and taken for granted in our busy and digitally saturated society.
And the people are great. Climbers are typically focused and driven, but don’t take thing too serious. We like to laugh, connect and encourage. It’s not about being the best, but being your best. Generally, there exists a wonderful feeling of mutual respect.
I’ve thought about why I love climbing so much. This audio is a good start that I can build from.
Climbing is personal and means something different to each climber.
After listening, I’d love to hear (in the comments below) what climbing means to you and why you love it.