Sunshine, beauty. The smell of the woods and earth.
She sits with her shoes, her love.
She plans and calculates. Remembering the moves.
Remembering the effort.
Calm, Calculating, Safe
She prepares and smiles.
He smiles back.
The rock moves beneath her tips, her toes. This is the move.
The top is only the beginning
It is done and yet just started.
Possibility has awoken.
I will admit I may not be much of a poet, but within these few lines are the WHY of my climbing. This poem describes what I love about about and the elements that inspire me to be my best climbing self. Nature, Remembering or rehearsing, sense of safety and assurance, movement, the adventure of what's possible.
So when I go climbing with you, if some of these things are missing, I find it super hard to be inspired. I will climb and probably have fun, but I won't be my best. I won't shine. I definitely won't train. These are the qualities that ignite my fire; or in physiology speak, give me that dopamine rush that allow me to try hard. Actually, to try my best.
We all have our own reasons, our own WHY. If you want to know yours, before you write your own poem, sit still and just focus on breathing. Just watch breath as it moves in through the nostrils and out again. Take a few moments and then recall a climbing experience that you might recall a peak experience. Recall every detail you can. You may find your mind brings forth more than one experience, that is fine. Just relive, remember as much of the experience as you can. Feel it, smell it, be there again.
Then write your poem.
Once you write it, maybe walk away for a while. Your brain maybe telling you it's a terrible poem... that's okay. No one else needs to read it. Trust that your head got out of the way and a deeper part of you, your heart or your subconscious knew what to write.
When you re-read your poem, look for the phrases, the words that resonate - that charge you. Or excite you. These words tell you about your why. Then if you bring these qualities to your regular climbing sessions and you will enjoy it even more. Pretty simple.