This blog is not sponsored by Sport Rock Climbing Center, Sterling, VA
I do want to thank the staff for being so kind on our first visit. Our Belayer was not only knowledgeable but she was encouraging as she cheered us on all of our small accomplishments. The facilities are clean and everyone is friendly.
The moments before I took my first step off of the ground, I found myself taking a deep breath and surrendering to the rock. I take my first first step. Now I'm one foot off the ground. My second foot goes up and there I am one with the rock. Trusting my mind and body . . . I keep going. That moment before I leave the ground is an important moment. It's a conscious decision to succumb to the unfamiliar. It's an acknowledgement that I am not good at this. I tell myself that it's ok that I'm going to be terrible at this. I choose to embark and I decide to have fun. The challenge no longer becomes daunting. I feel joyful. By resigning to the unknown I become open to the experience of it all - good or bad. Repeated self-effacing moments like this are re acquainting me with humility. Becoming a mother also felt very much the same way. I had all of these ideas about how I was supposed to act, then I had Owen and nothing went as planned. It took me a very long time to let go and live in the moment with Owen. I realized that acknowledging that I am new at something is not the same as meaning I am a failure.
Take a peek! It's my first time top roping. I have a belay and harness on. Their was a very kind woman working that day being generous with her words of encouragement. I was accompanied by my son and my brother-in-law Lu Duong. He's an avid rock climber. I wouldn't have tried this without him. You can hear Lu, and my son in the background yelling all kinds of encouraging words. They are so sweet. These vids below are very short as I did not go very high. Just wanted to share with you my experience with the purpose of encouraging you to try something new. It doesn't have to be rock climbing. Whatever you try, you'll find it to be rewarding on so many levels. Take a chance! It makes life exciting!
"Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all." - Hellen Keller