Life lessons I Learned (or Relearned) from Climbing a Rope
- Anticipate and prepare. This can mean a lot of different things. When it comes to rope climbing, it means packing long socks.
- Take a second before you start. Take a deep breath, pay attention to your footing, get a grip and have a plan. This can help you establish or reclaim control of a daunting situation.
- You’re more likely to do something stupid when you’re tired. This is particularly relevant when dangling 15 feet above the ground.
- It’s great to have support and guidance, but you’re ultimately responsible for yourself. Encouragement and advice go a long way, but when the stakes are high (literally and figuratively) you’ll likely find yourself on your own. This can be a particularly difficult lesson, but the faster you accept it the better off you’ll be.
- It’s all about your core. AKA guts.
- Know your limits. Listen to those guts. Only you know how far you can go and still come back in one piece (without burns, rips and twisted ankles).
- Taking risks is important (and sometimes fun!). It’s scary to push yourself when there’s the risk of getting hurt. But real growth happens when you step outside your comfort zone. And it’s kind of a cool view from up there.