“It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.” ~Sir Edmund Hillary (first person to ever reach the summit of Mount Everest)
So this weekend I found myself for the first time in my life on a rock wall, remembering how it felt to climb. I grew up a tomboy (well, I suppose it never really left me) & if you’d’ve known me back then, you’d’ve found me in a tree rather than playing with dolls.
All I could think while I was climbing my way up was: Where has this sport been all my life? And: Why did it take me this long to do it? (Thank you, thank you, thank you to my Life List which has become a kind of you-have-permission-to-do-all-the-stuff-you-always-wanted-to-do list.)
“People do not decide to become extraordinary. They decide to accomplish extraordinary things.” ~Sir Edmund Hillary
I got up the beginner wall with no problem. The safety rope was busted on the intermediate wall. So I gave the advanced wall a shot. Think: tiny rocks, far apart, hard to grip, holding your weight by your fingertips and your tiptoes. Well, I tried & tried & tried. I got about 1/4 of the way up, one rock higher each time. Like life, as long as you’re making progress, it doesn’t matter how small that progress is.
“Mount Everest, you beat me the first time, but I’ll beat you the next time because you’ve grown all you are going to grow…but I’m still growing!” ~ Sir Edmund Hillary
Anyway, now I’m hooked and am determined to get all the way up that advanced wall. The instructor gave me exercises to do to strengthen my fingers, forearms, and legs. She gave me tips on how to figure out the best way up. That wall’s not gonna get any bigger, but I’m gonna grow until I conquer it.
Have you started your Life List yet?