The original “Climb” in free verse style was composed as a distress tolerance instruction sheet of sorts. The photo is of my La Sportiva Katanas and my Krieg tribal warrior shield design chalk bag. I printed this out on photo paper after I was finished putting the words with the photo that I had taken at the old bouldering gym, laminated the photos, and used them as bookmarks so that I always had one with me, because I always had a book with me. I carried one with me to go through slowly, line-by-line along with the photo, so that I could calm myself down from PTSD symptoms when I needed to. It worked well enough to get me to the climbing gym, which resulted in my primary distress tolerance and emotion regulation skill of climbing. I’m not kidding when I say that climbing has saved my life!!! “Focus on the next hold…and climb,” is a quote from my psychiatrist, Dr. Mark Nicholson, to whom I will be forever grateful for suggesting climbing as a distress tolerance skill, among other things.
Content Rating PG, for the most part
I try to keep the content of my posts in the PG range (meaning that maybe your 13-year-old should not read it... Just kidding!) - you know, something I could get away with tastefully in the town square without getting lynched, tarred-and-feathered, or hung (and something my mother would NOT wash my mouth out with soap for). As far as what age you have to be to understand some of the subtleties of my humor in writing and/or speaking, well... That may vary. A lot.