Written by CN Instructor Wes Blaylock
This video is a great inspiration and is a testament to a person’s strength both physically and mentally. My favorite part is about 4 min. into the video when Kevin talks about what he believes it will feel like to send pitch 14 of the Dawn Wall. His perspective is obviously very important to him and to his success on the climb. He knows that he faces a difficult challenge and that it will take a great commitment from his mind and his body to overcome that challenge. In this video, he is taking an opportunity to feed the optimist in his head. I think there is a truth here that I would like to know more about.
Kevin feels the joy of the moment and the joy of success before it actually arrives. I know I could benefit from doing this on my projects and throughout my daily life. Couldn’t we all? Perhaps this is like planning a vacation 6 months from now and enjoying every thought you have about taking that vacation until it actually happens. You wouldn’t gain anything by toiling or feeling frustration over the fact that the vacation hasn’t arrived yet. Enjoy the moment! Enjoy the 6 months of happiness that is introduced into your life because of the vacation that hasn’t happened yet. It could actually be more powerful overall than the vacation itself.
When you are working on that new project or standing face to face with something challenging, enjoy the thought of success before it arrives. Believe that success comes when the time is right for it to come and for now love the sights that your eyes take in, the sounds that your ears hear, the textures that your skin feels, the smells and tastes that the world is offering, and the power of your mind. Enjoy your conversation. Enjoy your friends. Enjoy the minor tasks in front of you. Break off a piece of your day and take a moment to notice it. Take in as much as you can about that small piece of your day because it is infinitely full. There are no limits to what it can offer. Kevin is putting that perspective into practice here. He is specifically talking about one pitch on The Dawn Wall. That pitch is infinitely full. For the climber who is paying attention, infinite growth that can be taken away from a moment on the wall.
When I think about it, this philosophy isn't always easy. We all have areas in our lives that are challenging for us. Maybe it is finances, or relationships, or a career, or perhaps our health. Though it is hard to hold onto the optimism sometimes, I think that if I continue to enjoy the feeling of success in my life before it has arrived I am welcoming and opening up for success when the time is right. I am also choosing happiness now instead of waiting for some event or affirmation to tell me when to be happy. When something or someone is telling you when to be happy, I think we would all agree that there is a problem. Isn't it interesting how often we subtly allow that to happen in our lives?
The next time I chalk up, I am going to take a moment and breath. I am going to let my senses break free and enjoy the thought of climbing. I am going to soak in every moment. Then, when that becomes a little more habitual, I am going to try to let this philosophy bleed into other parts of my day.