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Childhood Love of Climbing

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There are a number of things I was good at when I was younger that did not carry over to adulthood. It is sort of like I started out really great at everything, and simply became less and less skillful in almost every way as I grew older. Is that normal?

I used to be a good runner, now I have asthma. The thought of riding a bike in public at one point did not give me anxiety. For many years I was able to learn dance routines and do them well, and then I took dance classes in college and realized that I am now a terrible dancer. See what I mean?

Perhaps this happens to everyone, or maybe it is just me. Something else I was once really good at was climbing. I climbed everything and I loved it. I climbed monkey bars, jungle gyms, rock walls, trees.

My freshman year of college I discovered that there was a rock climbing gym in Tallahassee and I really wanted to go. But after spending 4 years at FSU I never once went. Why? Well, I really didn’t want to have a repeat of any of the above incidents and be absolutely terrible at something that I used to be good at. Maybe I was only a good climber ages 5-12?

It wasn’t something I let go of though. In NYC, I kept rock climbing on my bucket list and never crossed it off.

But yesterday, I finally did it.

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Chris and I went with his cousin and some friends to Rock Spot Climbing at their new location in South Boston. I was unbelievably nervous and even told Chris an hour before that I didn’t want to go (sometimes I’m dramatic). Of course I wanted to go. I’ve been wanting to go for over 6 years.

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The best part wasn’t even the surprising fact that I was actually good instead of terrible (yay!). The best part was how much fun Chris and I had. I’m not very athletic, so it was so unbelievably refreshing to have an activity that we could do together and both be good at.

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Come spring, keep an eye on your trees because after this weekend there is a good chance I might start climbing everything again!

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