Living in the present

Climbing is living in the present. You can’t do it any other way (without risking serious injury or death to yourself or someone else, that is). Mark Nicholson introduced me to climbing and I will never forget that. Nobody could ever have done me a bigger favor (except Jesus). Mark taught me to live in the moment—the present—where none of us spend enough time. All we have is this moment right now. We have to live it or let it slip away, wasted. Think of every moment as a gift, because it is. Every breath is a gift and a miracle. Spend your time wisely and live in the present. Stop dwelling on the bad things that happened in the past and worrying about the awful things that could happen in the future and live in the present. Right now. And climb.

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