Climbing has taught me a lot about myself and whenever I climb, it feels like a giant metaphor for life. There are the obvious messages, like it’s not about getting to the top, but the journey on the way there, having fun, learning things, taking time to enjoy it. But then there are inner messages I get from myself, when I’m paying attention. Yesterday I lead three routes, which is huge for me, considering I’m just beginning to develop my leading skills. There was a time I thought I would never be able to lead, so scared I was.
I felt very solid on the rock, and I noticed that making small progress/changes can make all the difference. Sometimes moving my foot up just two inches puts me in a position where there are better hand holds. Sometimes a small shift in balance or body position makes a rest or a move feel much more comfortable, fluid, solid. I felt really in tune with this yesterday.
I think this is true in life as well. Sometimes taking small steps to keep a project or design moving is the best thing I can do, because it usually ends up sparking more ideas and gets easier. Sometimes shifting my perspective or coming at things from a different angle creates progress as well. This can be easier said than done, my mind likes to get stuck. But if I can remember not to dwell in the stuck and just make a small move or shift, that can get me moving along and progressing along my path. My goal is to keep this in mind.