Wednesday’s Write Weight: Climbing Bandelier National Monument
The Alcove House or ceremonial cave can be reached by a series of stone steps and 4 vertical ladders bolted to the side of the cliff. There was no question that I would be climbing those ladders–me, the one afraid of heights. But I was compelled to climb since I knew that I may never return to the site again. Now or never.
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The mistake I made in climbing (this I learned by my sore shoulders the next day) was pulling myself up, hand over hand, with my arms. When I should have used my arms to guide and lift with my legs–since they are much stronger.
Quite truthfully, I stopped at each postage-stamp landing to catch my breath as my fear of heights was making me hyperventilate. But after being cheered on from the crowd above, I found renewed bravado and made it to the top where I proceeded to find a large boulder on which to rest and clamp onto!
Trying something new and conquering a fear makes one grow as a person. When I began taking boot camp classes last year, I learned how beneficial it is for mind, body, and spirit to challenge oneself. Just because I’m nearing 60 doesn’t mean I can’t try new things. And I’m so thrilled that I did.
Daily Gratitude: Greek platter for dinner
Quote of the Day for YOU: The rung of a ladder was never meant to rest upon, but only to hold a man’s foot long enough to enable him to put the other somewhat higher. ~Thomas Henry Huxley, Life and Letters of Thomas Huxley
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