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Motivational Rock Climbing

Serenity Liessmann

Posted on January 16, 2019 17:53

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How rock climbing for the first time motivated me.

I recently went to a newer rock climbing place in my city. It was the first time that I had gone rock climbing, and originally I wasn’t going to do it. As I sat down, putting on my shoes, I felt the butterflies in my stomach begin to rise. Just looking over at the people already doing it I could tell that I wasn’t ready.

My friends and I started on the back wall, the easiest of them all. Each colored path of rock was labeled with the difficulty - we obviously started on the beginner levels. After practicing on those I was feeling confident so we moved on to the harder walls.

After an hour of climbing,I became very comfortable with what to do, but could also feel my hands yelling at me to stop. We felt good that we had tried each of the rock walls; however, there was still one thing that we had to do.

Outside stood the Guinness World Record for the tallest artificial climbing wall. Strapping on our harnesses we trekked outside, staring at the 188 ft. wall in front of us. (I’ll make this abundantly clear now by saying that we only climbed the 20 ft. walls.)

The nice man taught us how to clip our harnesses onto the rappelling rope and told us how to test it. After buckling myself in I made the small 5-foot climb before thinking about testing the machine that would slowly rappel me down. Letting my hands go I was free falling for a split second before the machine started working.

Even though that split second of fear that I felt from free falling was terrible, I wanted to get back up and climb again. I kept climbing, each time still nervous to rappel down.

I typically don’t get scared trying new things, but there was something about this. After a bit of contemplation I landed on the only plausible reason why I hated this particular feeling - loss of control.

I am the type of person that likes to control my actions and how I feel. This second of a loss of control was driving me up the wall with fright. Even though I hated this feeling, I didn’t let this stop me from climbing more because my determination to get farther than the time before was greater than my fear. I felt as though I were alive after being dormant for so long.

Long story short, I’m hoping that my story can inspire you to continue pushing your boundaries, as the experience did for me.

I plan to go back and climb farther than I did before, very soon.

Serenity Liessmann

Posted on January 16, 2019 17:53

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