And almost not the kind of busy that’s good for your health, at least when what you’re meant to be doing is being the ‘stay-at-home-parent’. The “I had too much gardening to do today” excuse for lack of housework is starting to wear a bit thin.
And yet… for the next 3 days, I’m off climbing…. again!
Why? There are many reasons we could think of as to why going away climbing every second weekend is a poor use of one’s time. The fuel burnt, and the fact that the activity is “economically useless and totally without redeeming any social significance” …is just to name just a few.
But I’m always grateful for the opportunity to experience nature at it’s best and most intimate. Places no-one but climbers and nature photographers get to see.
Climbing itself is incredibly rewarding. You are putting yourself out there, into a risky place, and the fact that there are no rules IS the appeal. Every decision you make on the climb is your own, and requires absolute focus, calm, and a nicely packaged level of fear. Wandering thoughts on anything else is impossible.
So, too busy? The oft trotted out line for seemingly pointless activities: “You have too much time on your hands*” doesn’t really apply does it? Nor, for that matter should it apply to anyone – time is made, and doing it is what keeps a person going.
Thanks to my lovely wife Katrina, for making this possible.
*Unless it’s playing video games; you can use it then.