March 22, 2009
Late Bloomers Challenge
Last weekend when I was at the climbing wall with my niece I met an interesting woman. By met, I don't mean we exchanged names, however we chatted. She and her teenage son were there climbing. They just began climbing recently and made the move to buy their own climbing shoes. She told me that it's quite a struggle for her, that she didn't feel like she was in great shape but that it was something she and her son could do together and they had a lot of fun.
While I was belaying my niece she told me she thought it was great that I was passing this on to my daughter so early in life. Naturally I corrected her that I was just the aunt but was excited to share this experience with the little one. She then made reference to how she wish she had started earlier and had the confidence I have.
I was surprised. Shocked really. While climbing a few years now I am still a newbie in the climbing world but the knowledge I had gained was new and exciting to her. So I sat down while my niece had an apple and told her abot my experience. That up until age 27 (5 years ago) I was not an active person. I shared with her the baby steps I took getting into the gym, going hiking, taking climbing classes, and my new goals for running and cycling. She talked with me about the goals she has for her and her son and asked my advice on gear and such. When it came time for me to leave I said goodbye and she thanked me for my time and advice.
The point of this...is basically I was a late bloomer. Sometimes I take it for granted but when I think about it I get very excited that I have made such a change in my life. I challenge everyone to try something new this spring. Whether that means stepping your running up by trying a half marathon or trying out lead climbing for the first time or going for a walk after dinner rather than watching American Idol just try something new. The only thing you have to lose is regretting that you've never tried.
If you don't know where to start check out your local recreation centers. They have amazing classes for kids and adults. Find out what free clinics stores like REI might be having, they're a wonderful resource to get you moving in the right direction. Visit meetup.com for climbing, hiking, and biking groups. It's a great way to connect with others and have a great time.
My readers, who I consider friends, keep me inspired to keep moving and try new things, I hope I can do the same for you. Get out there!