When was the last time you reached out, battled your fears and engaged in a task completely outside of your element? Looking for a challenge that will have you enthusiastically reaching for higher heights with each step and each grasp, and at times clinging for dear life?
I'm not exactly an adrenaline junkie or anything remotely close, but when my friend suggested that we take on a rock climbing adventure, I was game. Being the good sport that I am, and one that is always open to try something new, I was ready to showcase my athleticism or lack thereof. Although I was an absolute neophyte, I would not rest until my soul was satisfied that the body and mind had engaged in a thrilling adventure.
Where else to embark on this climb but at Chelsea Piers? The Sports Center at Chelsea Piers boasts "one of the largest indoor rock climbing gyms in New York City, and one of the most challenging rock walls in the country." The 46' by 100' wall with different levels of intensity would soon be our new playground.
"Girl on a mission"
As soon as I was properly equipped with a harness and palms generously chalked, I excitedly began my ascent. I was extremely elated with the outcome of my first climb. Closely following the directions of the belay instructor helped me to gracefully soar to the summit. When he shouted "You just mounted a 46' wall," I was clearly overcome with and bubbling with joy.
The second mount proved a lot more challenging where at one point, I completely lost my grip and was supported only by a rope. The instructor encouraged me to take a quick break, and in no time, I resumed scaling the wall on my way for the prize. I didn't stop until the sweet taste of victory had consumed my soul.
But there were some valuable lessons to be learnt from this challenge in itself:
1. The need to trust: I fought with my fear of heights and I prevailed. My security and protection while mounting relied on a rope and harness, as well as the safe hands of the belay instructor. I listened carefully and absorbed his guidance as I climbed. It leads me to question how important it is to gain comfort in knowing that you have established trust in another person. How do we know when to trust?
2. You can overcome obstacles: "No Mountain's too high for you to climb, all you have to do is have some climbing faith." - Celine Dion. As stated earlier, it was my first time doing rock wall climbing and it was one of those dive in (climb into it) moments. Did it look difficult at first? Certainly. But as soon as I started climbing, the motivation to rise to the summit was greater than the challenge itself. A huge part of the climb was constantly pushing yourself to the limit, stretching higher than you thought you could reach, and finding the energy to lift yourself while suspended several feet high.
3. Be Enterprising: The success of my climb relied on my ability to adapt to a new situation, while finding the best methods to achieve my goal. If it were as easy as climbing a ladder with all the rungs evenly placed, then there would be little opportunity to problem-solve and think creatively. After all, at Creative Ajay, we're concerned with taking risks while soaring to higher heights. How great are your fears? Do you allow your fears to have the best of you? Rise up, step out and soar with that leap of faith.
You have to get your hands "dirty," it's all a part of the game.