Left foot, left hand {Kermitgorf's sports challenge}

by Mrs. Fitzwilliam Darcy
originally published at 01:15PM on Wednesday, January 16, 2008

“On belay?”
“Belay is on.”
“Climb on.”
I reach for the highest rock I can grip and place my feet underneath on two smaller rocks. I feel for another rock for my left foot to push me higher. I then repeat the same procedure for my left hand.
Right foot. Right hand.
I love the challenge of a new course, a new adventure. I can look at the course, see where the challenges lay, think of a plan to work around it, and then go.
Ok, no grips for my right hand. Maybe if I switch my left foot for my right foot, I try working up this path instead. Ah, that works better.
When you get to where there are very few grips, you need to think of what you planned to do, realize it won’t work, and then, on the fly, try and create a new way to succeed, to work around this problem. It’s a mental sport, one where you need to think.
I think I can. I think I can.
Looking up, I see how much further I have to go. It’s all about getting there. Not about the time, or points, or joy of beating the other team.



  • from Kermitgorf:

    sports: it’s all about the challenge, the thrill of the accomplishment, wint or lose, finishing is what it’s all about. you did a great job showing me/telling me a story of a sport iv;e never tried. raeching the top, I can feel you’ve climbed a mountain or a hill or at least rock climbing.. you’re very brave.

  • from Mrs. Fitzwilliam Darcy:

    thanks so much! :)