Bouldering: a metaphor for life.

My first V-3 I ever climbed.

The first V-3 I ever climbed.

“After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb.” ~Nelson Mandela

A few years ago I rented a building in Southeast Missouri. Part of this building included a large shop with two bay doors. My intent was to open a natural movement training studio in this portion of the building. Since climbing is a natural movement, I had the idea to incorporate it into my regime. I bought a box of hand and foot holds with the idea of building a rock wall. The problem was I had no idea what I was doing, so I decided to head up to St. Louis and visit the rock climbing gym for some research. I left the gym that day with a membership and that box of holds I bought are currently collecting dust.

Although my 6’7″ frame and 240ish pounds are not optimal for climbing, I fell in love with it immediately particularly bouldering. Bouldering is climbing without ropes and harnesses and typically done on a “boulder” not a rock wall. With a motto like “Train Naked,” I was naturally drawn to version of the sport that only require shoes and chalk. I soon realized there was so much more to bouldering than just being a good form of exercise. It was a philosophy.

I see Bouldering as a metaphor for life. Here are just some examples how:

  • If you fail and fall just get up and try again. It doesn’t hurt. You are ok.

  • With every attempt, whether you succeed or not, you get stronger and tougher.

  • Sometimes, if you can’t achieve your goal, you just have to call it quits for the day and come back later.

  • You never know if something is too hard unless you try it.

  • Failing is ok, quitting is not.

  • If you want to move forward, you are going to have to let go of where you currently are and yeah, you might not make it.

  • If you want to achieve your goal, sometimes you may have to dig deep and gut it out to reach it.

  • Once you achieve your goal, take a few seconds to bask in the glory and take pride in what you have accomplished, and then move on to the next goal.

  • Yes, it is scary but have the courage to work through it and you will be rewarded in the end.

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3 comments on “Bouldering: a metaphor for life.
  1. Christopher says:

    Like it! I, too, use bouldering as a way to do more than just keep fit. For me it is very much a part of who I am/what I do… I’ve just started a bouldering blog on Facebook entitled ‘Engraming – the science of movement’ talking about my journey/philosophy as a boulderer – check it out and see if you “Like” it!

  2. Christopher says:

    Mastery is not about what happens to you, but what you do when something happens to you.

    FEAR = False Evidence Appearing Real. Evaluate the risk, then either get up on that thing and climb it, or not – don’t procrastinate!

    Always put the effort in, you never know when the send will happen!

    Complacency marks the edge of decline.

    Gravity only works one way!

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