The air was calm, but I was not
as I surveyed the challenge ahead of me.
Harness check – secure.
Rope check – secure.
Ability check – insecure, no, secure? secure!
Stop killing time, must start the climb.
Eyes furrow in concentration, determination.
Sweat drips slowly down a warm neck,
though no exertion has happened yet.
Choose a handhold, get one grip then two,
Take the first step off solid ground,
then take a deep breath.
Head spins a bit,
The next step is taken.
This is it!
The ascent has begun.
Find grip after grip – realize it’s fun!
Hear cheers down below,
Your spotter encourages.
Feel alive so alive! Now go!
Higher you go, feeling so small,
And yet feeling ready to conquer that wall.
Dare to check progress with a quick glance down,
Want nothing more than to be back on that ground.
Ready to rappel? NO! But you must
Lean back, grab the rope,
the ultimate test of trust.
Let go of the fear,
Let go of the wall.
Scream! as you feel yourself fall.
Adrenaline, icy hot, in your veins.
Just a few steps remain.
There. Safe and sound, both feet on the ground.
Relief? Yes. But something more too.
your big, cheeky victory grin,
shows you not only beat this wall,
but also won the battle within.