Working through the crux of a route can be one of the most rewarding and exhilarating things about climbing. That anxiety that you have to fight back. The patience you have to develop in order to think it through accurately. The guts you have to evoke to pull through that “heady” section. But, a crux can also be a show stopper. If your heads not in it, your motivation drops and your energy all together fades.
You have to stay psyched and know when to give it a rest and come back to it another day. I get excited about projects. It’s nice to have climbs to think about while you’re laying in bed or at work. It gives you something to look forward to. A genuine challenge you can set your sites on.
I often compare climbing as an analogy to life obstacles as well. In work we get bummed out if we aren’t being challenged. We prefer being engaged and to set goals and work towards achieving them. The same goes for relationships, but I am not so sure I want to go there right now.
I feel lucky to have a passion that pushes me to try harder, forget about pain and climb on. I think it’s important to have something to look forward to, especially if you’re stuck working behind a desk many of your days.