|My Joshua Tree climbing challenge, a joshua tree, rock sitting|
|Andy and the sunrise|
I found myself at a breaking point midway through the route, and then decided that this was the last day of the year and that I needed to push on even though it felt like I was breaking bones in my feet and my hands were violently shaking along with every muscle in my legs and arms. The sun was baking the rock, and I felt totally alone midway between sky and ground suspended by a single rope.
Looking up, it felt like I hadn’t even started the climb, and looking down, made me not want to step foot on the ground until I had accomplished the run. My mantra became “baby steps, baby steps, baby steps—just like a ladder.” I realized that I had to tackle this project just like any other—be it one on the computer, or paper or canvas: through baby steps, one step at a time. Make sure my footing is secure before taking another step, don’t get overwhelmed by the amount of distance yet to cover, and feel accomplished in the good progress of each small step along the way.
|Our fearless leaders: Ky and Isaac, triumph!|
Through the sound of my drumming heartbeat and “baby steps” mantra/soliloquy, I heard my friends below cheering and suddenly found that I had made it to the peak without even realizing I’d done it. It’s nice to see photos of something that you’ve physically accomplished to remind you that you can do big things and go far distances. I think that’s what we need in our daily lives; little cheering parties along the way, and reminders that we are all always doing big things—the views just may be different, and sometimes from our desks.
photos by Dylan LeBlanc