I watched this little monkey clamber up, up, up, without one moment of hesitation.
Eyes to the sky, never looking back or down, up he went!
And, when he got to where you see him now, he stretched himself as far as he could do so, reached out, and let go of his safety net.
It didn't occur to me until I edited my shots, that this particular photo offers up many a lesson.
1. Keep climbing, keep moving... up you go, and don't look back. You've been there, done that, so keep your eyes on the goal, and move. Haul yourself up when you have to, but just go.
2. Sometimes you've got to stretch, really stretch, to make that last bit of the climb. Push yourself to your limits, and then push just a bit farther.
3. You don't have to wait for the "right" supplies, the "right" equipment; you can do it with what you have right now. Check this kid out...flip flops!!!
4. When it comes right down to it, you've got to let go of your safety net, or bar. You're momentarily without a handhold, more or less suspended in time and place. Now, I don't know how you feel, but this last bit of letting go can be difficult for me, because as miserable as I might have been, or maybe just bored, it's what I know. And, there's safety and comfort in what I know vs. what I don't know. But, when it comes right down to it, you/I have to let go. That's all there is to it.
5. When you've finished the climb, and you've managed to let go, the ride is awesome!
6. Lather, rinse, repeat...start climbing again, and be ready to let go.