when i was invited to go indoor rock climbing by a friend, my immediate (inward) response was “no freakin’ way!”, followed by a polite “no, thank you,” expressed outwardly. then, one of my favorite quotes came to mind: “You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do.”~ Eleanor Roosevelt. i kept thinking about this quote and began thinking about the rock wall and “do the thing you cannot do” became an edict. i went. i did the thing. it was awesome. only 2 really scary moments 1.looking down from the top of the first scaled wall (they don’t say “don’t look down!” for nothing) and 2. when it’s time to come down, you let go and push away from the wall, and …dangle for a moment. really.
the bottom line? it was a blast (notice word choice is consistent with my inner 12 year old).