Most of you know that I’m a big proponent of making the most of human potential. And part of that is seeing and understanding the underlying problems that hold us back from achieving our greatness, and then finding ways to overcome that which holds us back.
Ten years ago, a close friend of mine passed away in a tragic mountain climbing accident. Since then, I’ve always been weary and tentative about doing outdoor activities that felt risky. For a while after it happened, I’d panic when I’d get on steep trails or cross snow fields that seemed benign to others.
But as the years passed, I realized that being outside and reveling in natural beauty was an important part of recharging myself. So I applied myself to work through my fear, and in turn, working through the deep sadness I felt for the loss of my good friend. Since last spring, I’ve been rock climbing more and more, and pushing myself on harder routes. And this spring, I plan to push the boundary further by applying to take a basic climbing class through the Washington Alpine Club and getting in some basic alpine and snow experience.
The most important thing I’ve learned is that by being brave and pushing the boundary in one area of my life, inadvertently affects my courage in others. So it takes one act of bravery to gain momentum. So try it. Let me know how it goes.