Truth is, I haven’t been inspired to write anything for a while now. Not sure if it was a lack of adventure in the winter time, endless days of no sun or a combination of both. Combination of both. I cannot say that I did a whole lot of adventuring lately. Anyways today is the first day in a long time that I have felt like writing anything.
I woke up Saturday morning and the sun was shining bright through my apartment warming the floors and my inner sense of peace. I did my usual routine of dusting the sleep out of my eyes, washing dishes and putting the kettle on to brew coffee in the french press. I did some yoga while waiting for the kettle to whistle (dudes I am stiff!) I also flipped through a couple of pages of the latest Patagonia catalog. Inspiration can always be found in there and this time it lit a little bit of a fire inside of me. Sometimes I rip out a few pages and put them on my fridge. When I lose inspiration I have a couple of reminders staring me in the face of what I love about my life and what I aspire to. 😀
I started back rock climbing a couple of months ago. Starting back out was humbling as all get out. My arms were like wet noodles and muscles that I had forgotten existed were screaming at me, but over time I have been getting a little stronger and stronger and that has been feeling real good. Friday my friend Jon and I climbed outside for the first time this year and it was awesome! The sun was warm, the rock was dry and it was quiet. I LOVE climbing outside as you get to pick your own route and you can climb the same area a million different ways. Just now as I type, I checked in with my buddy Dave and he sent me a photo of him and a few others gearing up to climb at the New River Gorge in West Virginia. I couldn’t make it this weekend due to prior obligations but I am sooooooo jealous right now! It is cool though because next weekend we are heading down to the Red River Gorge, KY!
By no means am I good climber right now. I am weak, stiff and I get pumped (pumped is when your forearms burn out) so easy. Most of all my breathing is total crap as I climb. I get anxious and my breathing becomes erratic. Shane the manager at Cleveland Rock Gym was helping me with this one particular bouldering problem a few weeks back and as soon as I got off the wall his advice for me was not foot placement nor hand placement but he said, “You have to breathe Lori.” Since then I have been trying to do just that.
I miss climbing in California. The weather is almost always perfect and you can climb outside all year long. The climbing gyms open up at 6:30am so you can get your climb on before work which I totally love because I am waaaay better in the mornings than in the evenings. My energy is full throttle when I wake up most mornings and I usually pewter out about 5pm.
You don’t have to climb rocks or backpack through the woods. Just being out in nature will erase tension and worries.
This weekend in Cleveland was just awesome. Bright sun, warm temps and endless things to do outside. I was fortunate enough to hang out with new friend I met through my backpacking group. 🙂 Luda and her husband came to an event a couple of weeks ago and her and I were able to connect and get together for some girl talk and coffee on Sunday. She is a pretty cool person and I looking forward to hanging out and having new fun workout friend!
Friday my best friend Sara and I went to the listen to the Cleveland Orchestra and hung out again Sunday morning with her 2 girls at the beach and playground! Saturday my niece Kelly and I went for a bike ride/jog in the park. We hiked up to a spot where we could watch the planes fly over really low upon landing. Kelly thought is was super cool and I NEVER EVER get tired of it! I also hung out with my awesome folks too. All in all this weekend was pretty darn awesome!
Life seems fuller right now and it feels good. There are some things on the horizon that are going to be challenging but beneficial. It feels good to put words on the page again. Inspiration is blooming!
Life is not black and white. We have to constantly move forward and explore aspects of our lives that may seem scary. I believe that is how we set an example of love, adventure and continuous learning. Sometimes things ARE meant to come to an end. Not because you didn’t try hard enough, just simply because things have run their course. I don’t have a desire to be stagnant/complacent. Not at the expense of myself or the people I love, it wouldn’t do anyone any good in the long run. Love yourself first… get to know yourself.
“Give what you have. To someone, it may be better than you dare to think.”
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow