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3 May 2016

Step Off & Step Up

I wanted 22 to be the age of trying new things. Both things I'd always wanted to do and things I'd never even thought of doing before. So far I've been to the cinema on my own, eaten out alone, completed Go Ape(tree top activities), made the decision to read 24 books this year, (I'm on numbers 9/10) and the picture above showcases me in all my glory trying indoor rock climbing for the first time. 

This type of rock climbing is called bouldering; you essentially make your way up a wall without any gear and there's a crash mat below in case you fall or find yourself stuck and need to jump off like I did at one point. There are different coloured rocks indicating different routes each varying with difficulty. To my surprise, I actually took to bouldering quite well and managed to complete quite a few different routes in the time I was there!
The reason I chose this picture is because I found it to be a good illustration of something we often have to do in life but might struggle with; step off and step up!

So basically, as you can see, I am trying to get hold of a rock with my left arm but it's just slightly out of reach. I was actually in this position for a while unsure of what to do next. Eventually I removed my right leg from its position and made a dynamic leap, managing to grab hold of the the rock by my left arm. But I wobbled slightly, my left leg tempted to return to its previous position, a position I felt comfortable in, but if I was going to make it to the top of this wall I had to find a way up. You might not be able to make it out in the picture, but there is a small rock to my left that I managed to place my left leg on and rock by rock I made it up to the top.

So what was the point of that story?
Well, sometimes elevation requires separation. In order to progress and move further in our lives, we have to let go of the platform we are currently on and make a leap for the next one. It's not always easy. It's not always straight-forward. It doesn't always work out the first time around. We may find ourselves tempted to reach back down to our previous default settings and sources of comfort whether positive or negative but we have to keep trying. Many times, our next goals are so far from where we currently are that we have no choice but to make a dramatic leap, focusing only on what lies ahead. I find a lot of truth in the phrase, 'There are far better things ahead than any we leave behind.' Anything that is meant to be in your life will be there. Sometimes we leave things behind permanently, and sometimes they reappear later on in life; whether that be people, opportunities, places, hobbies etc. The point is, as long as you're moving forward, you're heading in the right direction and things will find a way to work themselves out.
So if you are currently straining for the next rock in your life, step off the one you're on and step onto the one ahead. Remember, you can't enjoy the view from the bottom of the mountain.

Stay Blessed,

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