I’m only 2.5 weeks out from Nepal, but I am already planning the next adventure. It’s probably fair to say that I am an addict. This summer I will be traveling to Argentina to ice climb for two weeks, one step closer to my goal of building alpine experience.
But coming home from an expedition like this, I still need to take time to recover, and make sure I am ready for the next challenge. This past week I started training with my soccer team, trying to get back into the flow of things. But to be real, that’s not the most exciting new development in my life. It’s this: I just started a new sport, gymnastics combined with strength training. A trainer at the climbing gym near my house is training me, working on mobility, flexibility, strength, and body control. The last one especially i something I really value. Through the rigorous training I undergo to prepare for the mountains, I have found a deep appreciation for my body. How it is its own little vessels, admittedly a tiny one, but capable of so much on its own accord. Pushing myself is an environment I thrive in, and I felt a noticeable difference in my confidence post-Himalaya, after discovering what my own two feet were capable of.
It has become so important, so apparent to me, the empowerment to be gained through inner strength. I know that not every thirteen year old shares my dream of climbing mountains, but I do know one thing; everybody has a shared dream of believing in themselves to reach their potential. So to everybody who was ever told they were crazy for trying that, or too young to try this, I promise you; everything will work out just fine if you trust yourself that you are good enough. Alright, now I have to go practice my splits. It needs some work.