Now what?

April 8, 2011

At school I overheard a conversation about Antoine de Saint Expuréy’s “The Little Prince” last night. This line from the book was talked about – “Straight ahead of him, nobody can go very far”.

I’ve taken this to mean that to get to where you want to be, you have to be creative.

I often run into the problem of not knowing how to get somewhere now that rock climbing season has started. I often find myself thinking, “Now what?” as I look up and see an apparent disappearance of hand and foot holds. We’ve only climbed inside so far this spring, so it’s obvious when things are getting thin: no more plastic rocks drilled to the wall. Or, if there are rocks, they’re hard to hold onto. Sometimes to get to the top of the wall, it takes a slight re-routing on my part to get around the “now what?” zone. Other times, I just have to go for it.

When to go for it, when to go around? Judson Laipply, inspirational speaker/comedian/Evolution of Dance guy came to Gould yesterday and spoke to us before classes. I think that we should start every morning with laughing. Along with his jokes, Judson also reminded us to concentrate energy on the things you can control and to not stress about the things you can’t.

It’s a good point, but sometimes knowing when you can go through a “now what” zone and when you can’t is difficult. How do you choose when to fight back or let things be? Sometimes it’s hard to tell how far your efforts will go. There are often things that seem immutable but could be so much better if they were changed.

I’m not going to stress about the weather or the countless other things I cannot control. I’ll just deal with them. But then, there are things people say cannot be changed that I can’t deal with as they are.

Taking advice from Antoine de Saint Expuréy, I’m going to take the “weave and sprint” approach. Sometimes you can’t go very far in a straight line, but if you try this and you try that, and then you sprint like crazy, who knows? You might get pretty far.


-Alice H


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