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Bouldering Lessons = Life Lessons #1

March 22, 2019

 

 

 

✨If you aren’t falling, you aren’t really going for it.✨

 

In my two short weeks of indoor bouldering (rock climbing without ropes), I’ve gotten to encounter so many of my fears and limiting beliefs loud and clear. 

It’s been two weeks since I started bouldering and it wasn’t until my 4th time out that I actually fell off the wall. And it was the best feeling ever! That may sound a little weird but I accomplished so much in just this one fall.

Part of what appealed to me about this sport was that just the thought of doing it brought up SO MUCH resistance in me. I had so many reasons why I couldn’t start bouldering yet. These “reasons” are just fears and stories I have about myself, albeit seemingly very real fears and stories. And I encounter them all every time I go bouldering. 

 

Fear #1 - afraid of falling. My fear of falling even just a few feet keeps me super timid on the wall, unwilling to even TRY to put my foot or hand in a place that seems too difficult, because I might fall. (Onto a big cushy mat!) But each time I’m unwilling to try, I’m no closer to finishing that climb. In fact, I can’t actually finish the climb or get stronger or learn anything new if I’m unwilling to try and unwilling to fall. Sure I may be a lot safer, closer to the ground, unlikely to get hurt - but I’m also not doing or creating anything. 

 

Yesterday, I decided to try a climb that last week I couldn’t get past the first move on. I made the decision to go for it, ALL IN. And I DID it! Well, almost. I got my right hand up on the finish hold and just as I reached my left hand up to make it official—DOWN I went! And it was A.MAZ.ING! I laughed so hard and jumped up to high-five Brian. Because in those few moments I showed myself not only that I could do something I didn’t think I could do but that I could fall and still survive. There is so much satisfaction that comes with knowing that I gave it my all that I didn’t even care that I fell, in fact, it made the next try even more exciting.

Each fall that comes from going for it is going to strengthen and teach me, and success will be inevitable.

 

Where in your life might you be letting your "fear of falling" keep you from doing what you want to do, being who you want to be, or creating the life you want? What could be different for you if you embraced the fact that going ALL IN means you are going to fall some times? 

 

Loving you,

Aubrey

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