A giant playground for adults! I felt the child inside of me jump for joy and excitement as I saw all the different colors and high walls for me climb. I was ready to start climbing right away! I was always an athlete, I felt I could do any one of these colorful paths. I was successful, the first two climbs. And well.. that was because I chose the easier paths. Then I decided to challenge myself and go up a level. I started off strong, I felt like a natural at climbing. Then I reached a point when my arms were getting tight, I could not reach the next rock, and I could not see the next step I could take. I was stuck. At that moment I felt I had nowhere to go except to fall on the floor and that’s what I did. I felt I failed.
Have you ever felt like you were stuck? That you were trying all these different things and still not getting anywhere. Then all the sudden you were back where you started. I see rock climbing as a way we are going through life. We choose a path, as we are going up, there may be more challenging parts of the climb than others.
The next time I went back, I brought my friend with me. I let her know which paths I was able to do and that one I could not finish. The first thing she said was, “well let’s try again!” So I went back at it. As I made the climb, I got stuck at the exact same part of the climb as I did last time. So there I was again, defeated. I felt so much despair and I felt I could not make it past that point. As soon as I was back on the floor my friend let me know there was a rock I couldn’t see where I had a foot hanging loose. From there, we strategized what to do after that point because from the looks of it, if I was struggling at that point, the rest of the way wasn’t going to get easier. After much discussion, I tried again. I found that rock I couldn’t before to place my foot. That gave me more support the rest of the way that I made it to the top! Although this path was much harder than any of the other ones I tried previously, the triumphant feeling of reaching the top was far greater.
We may fall, but we learn what we could try next time to get farther along the path. When we fall and go back up the next time, we are able to climb up the path we have already taken a bit faster because we already know what to do. We know what works and what does not work.