New years are tricky. A new number to slap on the end of our days and months encourages many to make resolutions, set bold goals, and summon high expectations for what is to come in the next 12 months. For some this may work great, but this is not the approach I desire to take for my new year.
This is for a couple of reasons:
- 2015 was such a dynamic year that there is no way for me to achieve the sheer volume of tangible “successes” in 2016
- I can’t graduate college again
- I will be staying at the same job
- I am staying in Colorado
- Setting goals such as “climb 5 new V10s” puts a number on success and also on failure. And that’s not how I want to view my progression in climbing.
But nonetheless, the new year seems as good a time as any to check-in and evaluate my lifestyle and climbing performance. And in turn, make lifestyle related goals 🙂
This might be the first time in my life where I am not in such an obvious transitional phase. In high school, I was working hard in order to get into college. In college, I was working hard to build a resume for entering the workforce. Right now… I’m just doing life. Which is crazy, and awesome and I would like to dedicate 2016 to continuing to do just that. Sure, I’m not set in any career path and will have to continue to consider life choices such as graduate school, etc. But I am going to enjoy the year of working my job and pushing myself with climbing.
In addition, this might be the first time in my life where I feel like I’m at *~home**~ (soooo cheesy, I know). Teenage angst made living with my parents during high school… well, angsty. And in college, my identity never quite felt consolidated. As in, there was U.Va. student Juliet who went to class and hung out with friends during the week, and then there was climber Juliet who drove out to West Virginia or North Carolina on the weekends and during breaks to climb some rox. I felt like two separate entities with two completely different sets of friends who existed in two completely different worlds. But was never completely a part of either of the two communities. Now I actually feel like I have my place here in Colorado. So this year, I will continue to ingrain myself in this amazing community and keep exploring what the state has to offer.
And of course, a few climbing, nonnumerical goals:
- Read more climbing literature
- Listen to my body more and better understand which pain means what (sore, or injured?)
- Roll out my forearms more….
- Keep up with the climbing journal
- Find a healthy balance between projecting and getting on new climbs
I think that’s a good start. Cheers to the new year 😀