My climbing buddies

You know, there’s nothing quite like having the support of your climbing buddies during dark times.  I e-mailed a couple of my buddies and let them know I was having a rough time, and they rose to the occasion with encouragement and a gentle, motivational, swift kick in the butt, which was much-needed.  They understand what it is to be a true climber and not be able to climb.  It’s maddening.  It sucks the life out of you and makes you doubt that you’ll ever climb again, and it makes you think that you’ll never reach your full potential as a climber when injury strikes and climbing ceases.  The thing about my best climbing buddies, though, is that they’ve all been there.  They’ve had climbing taken away from them due to one injury or another, some very serious, and do you know what they’re doing now?  Climbing, of course!  It’s in their blood, it’s in their soul, it’s in their constitution as human beings, as it is in mine.  This is a tough time for me.  There’s no doubt about that.  I have a doctor who cares and my climbing buddies to take care of me, near or far, though, and I’m extremely grateful for each and every one of them!  Thank you, my friends, for being there for me!

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