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Don’t Jump Out a Window
We’re rounding out the 2/3 point of 2013. This year is flying by… so fast! I’m really enjoying putting my passion for Climbing into words and sharing them with you. I’m at a bit of a crossroads with my climbing, my life, and the combination of the two. The more I think about climbing, the more I despise the constraints that my day-job puts on my climbing goals.
I’ve recently read a couple great posts from fellow climbers about having to adjust their expectations when it comes to climbing and goals. The first was from the gals at Crux Crush. Although I will never know what its like to be pregnant. I understand the feeling when priorities change. I understand putting others before yourself. The caveman instinct in me would have already bought a converted van and be dirtbagging it in many amazing climbing locations across the US and the World. The challenge is… I’m not a caveman, and I love my family dearly. The well being of my wife and children takes precedence over my personal climbing ambitions. So when I review my fairly ambitious goals for 2013 and realize I am waaaay behind pace (possibly too far behind to catch up), my first response is to get discouraged.
I see videos, like the one above, of climbers setting and hitting their goals. I’m super happy for him, but my blood boils that I am not. But then I realize, my life is unique to me. And yours to you. Like CanadianKate, I realized that happiness is not found in the destination alone, but even more so in the journey getting there.
I remain positive that I am advancing in both my technique and conditioning. I am feeling stronger than ever. I am climbing smoother than ever. My problem solving and route-reading seems to be very strong. I just haven’t gotten outdoors much. That’s what we train for anyway. So, I’ll take advantage of those outings when they come. But I’m not going to Jump Out of a Window out of despair. I’m going to count my blessings and “Climb On”.
How are you doing with your goals? I encourage you to press on and have fun in your Journey!
~ Climb 4 Free ~