I like saving the fun-ish type posts for later in the week. And, that being said, I’m reverting back to talking about rock climbing after my adventure a few weeks ago! Oh my gosh, I’m in love, even though I look like I just woke up in this picture.
The rock climbing experience is so exhilarating; physically, mentally and emotionally. I love taking things I learned from experiences and tying them into the larger life perspective. So while I’m using some of these aspects as metaphors for life, they could carry over into other forms of exercise too – all the more reason to be active and support your health, right?
Obviously, rock climbing is an extreme physical workout. You’re working your fingers and forearms, your entire core, and your legs, glutes, thighs and calves. Actually, rather than listing muscle groups and body parts, it’s easier to think that it just works your entire body, because it really does. You learn this in the few days after climbing.
But, I don’t think people realize the benefits of mental strength that climbing provides. You can compare rock climbing to a puzzle, because each “course” is different – whether it be the arrangement of the course you plan on taking, or the size of the holds on the wall. Just as in life, you have to make on-the-go decisions and commit to them. Your brain is way ahead of your body so before you can even realize what you’re thinking, you’re already thrusting your body up, forwards or sideways. I find this when life passes by right before my eyes – before I know it, I have a full schedule, a full calendar, no food prep, and I’m figuring out my next meal on the go. Life moves fast and you adjust.
You’re engaging in problem solving when moving from one spot to another. You learn that your legs are significantly stronger than your arms, and it takes far more strength (and tires you out) to move your body with your arms than legs. In life, I equate this to: don’t put all of your cards into one basket – spread things out, balance your priorities, take help when it’s offered, and take some of the pressure off of others when you can.
You’re going to have to be flexible – you may not be able to stick to your planned course 100% so you may have to be a leader and veer off-course. You have to adapt to the changing landscape and circumstances. What you once saw as an opportunity may no longer be available, and similarly, what seemed to be a closed door may now be open.
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Start out small. You’ll quickly gain confidence from conquering the smaller and easier routes, preparing you for your next “promotion” or “performance check-in.” Once you’ve established a resume of things you’ve done, you can prepare yourself to take on more responsibilities and challenges in your next position.
You become pretty determined to make it to the top. And once you reach the top, you’ll try to climb up faster the next time because you inherently want to get better. You’re focused and concentrated on the task at hand, and you’re not willing to give anything less than your best performance.
Climbing also develops trust. You can’t climb alone. Not only is that dangerous, but you need someone securing your rope or tightening it for you. You need to communicate clearly with that person. Though I trusted Ed from the start with my rope (and I’ve trusted him for 8+ years), it took him a few run-through’s to trust me and understand that I wouldn’t let him fall. You can always strengthen your relationship and move forward.
These are just some of the many aspects of rock climbing I can relate to life. What I loved most was the community feel of climbing, and the opportunity to build character and sharpen leadership throughout the journey.
Now, how about some fun things from the week?
Shopping! I love my new mug, wall decor, and workout clothes.
I took my first Skillpop class! They are small group classes with hands-on learning for different topics that local experts and professionals teach. It’s a neat way to learn a new skill. I went to one about blogging last night and look forward to checking out more, especially photography!
Mac ‘n Cheese. Need I say more?
Perfectly roasted sweet potato fries and cheesy chicken
Tofu, brown rice bowls with guac and chips. When a girl wants Mexican, a girl wants Mexican.
And on the professional level –> new clients and exciting nutrition opportunities coming up!