I can’t help feeling like it’s time for another 100 day challenge.
It’s not like life challenges are scarce. Commuting, Work, Relationships; juggling Finances, Health & Family are inevitable. They can morph into never-ending challenges.
The purpose, though, of a 100 day challenge is the discovery of what ignites you. It’s the pursuit of what fuels you, nourishes you and connects you with a sense of fulfillment. You might have the daily-grind challenge, hot on your heels. To that, I say: I see you, what say about a 100 day challenge? Hello, my Mojo is calling.
The only problem is: I kinda, sorta, don’t know where to start.
So, I’m going to try different things and share these adventures with you, until I figure the right “fit” for the next 100 day challenge. There’s a good chance I’m going to completely suck at what I take on, but that’s cool…. I’m gonna be such a cool grandma with all these stories! That’s right, at best, I might find something I like; at worst, I’m working on grandma goals 🙂
ATTEMPT 1 | ROCK CLIMBING
OH YEA!! Sounds FREAKING AWESOME, right?? Tell me about it!
TO MY DISAPPOINTMENT, I DID NOT LOOK LIKE THIS.
See, I found a great deal on Groupon: 3 hour rock climbing class in Castle Rock Park, with certified instructors, all equipment included, highly rated. The only caveat – it was an Intermediate Rock Climbing class.
Naturally I went, “Psshhh….how hard can it be?”
I was one of the first to arrive, grin high-beaming my face. The instructor gathered us:
Instructor: “How about you all introduce yourselves & talk about your climbing experience!”
Me (in my head): “Did he just say climbing experience?”
Dude #1: “I’m Jessie! Been climbing for 2 years, am training to climb El Capitan in Yosemite National Park”
Me (in my head): “I love Yosemite & El Capitan, good stuff!”
Dude #2: “I’m Emily, I’m kind of a beginner, been rock climbing only 8 months. I brought my own carabeeners.”
Me (in my head): “A carabeener sounds like an inebriated, slurred version of Carribean”. Also, it sounds a lot like what you’d name your pet hamster. You need a hamster for rock climbing??! So confused right now.”
Dude #3: “I’m Derek, been doing this for 7 years. I talked my friend Brian here into rock climbing, he’s only been at this 4 months.”
Brian (with a sheepish smile): “Hi guys! I’ve been indoor climbing 4 months, tried outdoor climbing only the last 2 months.”
Me (in my head): “Wait…all these guys have climbed before!! I wonder if that’s a requirement…..”
Instructor, turning to me: “How about you?”
Me: “I’m Jyo…. so I’ve never climbed before. Like in life. It’s my first time ever, I’m super stoked!”
Everyone else: * Awkward silence * (crickets going off in the background)
Instructor (looking and sounding nervous): “You’ve….. never climbed? You must’ve done indoor climbing, yea?”
Me: “I’m guessing climbing stairs indoors doesen’t count….”
Instuctor (shaking his head): “Riiigghhtt… So climbing experience is kind of a pre-requisite, it’s an intermediate class today. I’m going to help you though, ok? You might find the class a bit straining! Let’s see what we can do.”
Me (finally CLUEING IN): “Gotcha, I’ll do my best to keep up!”
I totally had a Bridget Jones moment!
Anyways, we get to the top of this 40 foot cliff. And the instructor goes, “Okay folks, we’re going to rappel down the cliff! Jyo, you can pass if you want!”
Did he just say…you can pass, if you want??
PASS. IF YOU WANT.
Allow me to be serious here: be it chocolate cake, a dance-off, tequila tasting, or rappelling down a cliff, some things in life are not meant to passed on!
Here’s how rappelling works…. you walk off the edge of the cliff and “sit down” mid-air, while stepping down the cliff. Sounds easy, right? Check out this video of rockstar Megan.
THIS IS ME ABOUT TO RAPPEL…. (first-ever pic on the blog 🙂
And this is me…failing
Everyone around me was cracking up, frozen in wonder over my mid-air yoga. Pretty sure I’m on Youtube, under Darwin awards”, in all my squirming glory.
But…. I DID IT! I not only rappelled down the cliff, I even climbed back up!! I learnt how to “belay” (not “ballet”, as some folks kept saying). I discovered that carabiners are not pet hamsters, rather clips, to secure the rope.
Hours later, my shoulders, calves & muscle groups I didn’t know existed, burnt like hell. My hands were riddled with rope burn. None of that mattered, I felt exhilarated.
It was awesome! Next time though, I’ll take myself to the beginner class or try indoor climbing! Long term, I’d love to try this in Utah, Colorado or Alberta, where the mountains & scenery are richer. As a bonus, in the wilderness, you can’t connect to Youtube & upload fails! #facesaving
My theory is, it pays to fail along your path to your destination. The joy is in the journey after all, and not the destination. Look at how many of us cracked up over my hovering, gravity defying, yoga poses! Rock climbing was a ton of fun, but it’s not my next 100 day challenge.
Onwards, to the next adventure.
Also published on Medium.