I started rock climbing in the Fall of 2014 during a depressing time in my life. My last semester of school was pretty horrible, I was working a job that I didn't like at all, and a relationship with a girl that I had been seeing for a while ended. It was looking like nothing was going my way and that It wouldn't be going my way for a long while. On top of all of that I wasn't sleeping well, I had all my energy at night and none in the mornings. It all came to a head when I was sitting in my dad's office asking for advise about what I should do about not being able to sleep well and being so unhappy all the time. Luckily I have a father who can give it to me straight and he told me to stop feeling sorry for myself and to find something to throw myself at. He had been telling me for a few weeks to start rock climbing because it's a good way to work out without feeling like you're working out, and with my personality I usually have to trick myself into doing something that's hard but benefits me in the long run. That night after work I went to the closest climbing gym alone and in my mind I knew that I was going to make this work no matter what. Luckily enough the gym I went to has a training program called "Climb Fit" ran by a very charismatic coach, Mario Stanley, and I really think that if it weren't for Mario I would not still be climbing today, he really made climbing a do-able thing for me when it seemed like everyone who climbs is already good at it, which is the complete opposite of what climbing really is. 

A year later I'm still in Climb Fit with Mario working hard on becoming the best rock climber I can be, but I've learned a lot in a year. I've met new people who are also trying to better themselves which is an incredible thing when you think about it, these people could be spending their time at home watching TV and eating a microwave dinner, but instead they're in this loud gym, ripping their fingers on plastic holds training to either get in physical shape or to get in climbing shape to get outdoors on real rocks. Climbing may be one of the few sports that anyone can be good at. It really all depends on the route but if you train enough, and put enough effort into it anyone can climb what they want, it doesn't even really matter how tall you are. If you've ever seen a youth climbing team then you know that being tiny is almost better than being tall in climbing. There are even amputee's that climb, even professional climbers that are missing fingers like Tommy Caldwell who just climbed the Dawn wall in Yosemite. Climbing is a sport for people who have passion, who have mental discipline, and that try hard for the things they want. ANYONE can be a rock climber, it just takes the want to do it. I think that's why I love it so much, it's because everyone that's in the gym wants to be the best climber they can be. 

You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to to great.
— Zig Ziglar

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