learning to let go


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Trad climber
The rock doesn't care what I think
Dec 11, 2012 - 12:27am PT
Fletch is fine... reminds me of Chevy Chase and all those funny movies he made.

In order to be courageous, it appears that you need to also be vulnerable in order to get there. Climbing is a good example of this (especially hard leads, soloing), but there are many other examples. People who have shared very traumatic experiences (epics, hostage, and other survival situations) are known to really bond if they get through it. In a way, in those situations, you are at your most vulnerable right in front of others.


Edit: Joni Mitchell is a long time favorite of mine. I don't always like everything she does, but a lot of it. She's a good example of a musician who grew and took risks, rather than sticking to the same old thing that worked at the start.
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Dec 11, 2012 - 12:29am PT
What is it about the night? Being alone in bed, in the dark, can sometimes be a catalyst for angst and loneliness.

But when the morning star shines near the moon and dawn begins to draw the world into a brand new day it seems that one can hope again.

Jess wonderin'.....lynnie

Edit: hi Eric, hope all is well. Cheers,

Captain...or Skully

Dec 11, 2012 - 12:50am PT
The Night is not to be trusted.

Boulder climber
Dec 11, 2012 - 01:01am PT

Trad climber
Dec 11, 2012 - 01:25am PT
Gdavis-- Happiness is a choice so choose to be happy with whatever hand your dealt--being unhappy won't change it.

sounds like you lost someone...Forgive them for not being the way YOU wanted them to be...

forgive yourself while your at it...

Find something that you can do for someone else and feel good about it. Being a giver is COOL maybe not as lucrative as being a capitalist but way cooler than being a capitalist.

Have you ever checked out the synonyms of "to capitalize" I doubt most would want to call themselves an "exploitationist"

Trad climber
The rock doesn't care what I think
Dec 11, 2012 - 02:50am PT
Hi back at ya Lynne! All is well and I'm enjoying it all (even when the kids are pushing all the buttons!). Good to see you here again!

Speaking of the night, there seems to be a night shift on the Taco Stand. You know who you are! I'm definitely part of that. Sometimes that extends into the Dawn Patrol!

Jim Brennan

Trad climber
Vancouver Canada
Dec 11, 2012 - 03:41am PT
Nothing sucks anything quite so hard as a break up.

I find breakups to have changed subtly from life stopping quagmires to mild heartburn. This attitude has more to do with age than passion for the one and only, only.

As stated above, life is full of sh#t. How you take the resonance and pain going forward is a REALLY good exam !

Trad climber
The Illuminati -- S.P.E.C.T.R.E. Division
Dec 11, 2012 - 03:52am PT

Trad climber
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Dec 11, 2012 - 05:39am PT
Really great words there, GDavis. Thanks for putting that up. OK, I'll look for an appropriate musical choice now.

Keep expanding on that original post. I'm right there with you as well wondering what is going on. Did someone see a manual in the box? Sh#t, got thrown out!

El Presidio San Augustin del Tucson
Dec 11, 2012 - 08:12am PT
No regrets Coyote...

Dec 11, 2012 - 08:29am PT
Wow Gdavis, quite a post.

You are definitely not alone on this one.


Sport climber
A true CA girl, who landed in the desert...
Dec 11, 2012 - 08:46am PT
Good soul thoughts, GDavis. Worthy of reflection.

Today was today. Tomorrow may be one that gives unexpected joys....or not. Sometimes life is such a gradual uphill to joy, peace and love that as you walk the path you don't even notice you've arrived until you run smack dab into it. Then sometimes a short burst places you in Joy's lap. But Life is and we are blessed to breathe. Smiles, Lynne

Beautifully said, LL LL.

GDavis, what I'm going to say has been said many times before:
"When one door closes, another opens." Let the other open door be one you walk thru, one foot in front of the other, with hope. You never know what the future holds.

Where there is ruin, there is hope for a treasure.

As for turning to the Taco during a tough time... I did the same thing in August. What came out of it has been two fantastic relationships with two beautiful, thoughtful human beans who I feel I've known my whole life.
You hang in there, G. (May I call you "G"?) :)

~peace, Leggs


Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Dec 11, 2012 - 09:46am PT
Beware the pet monkey! My neighbor's monkey escaped, attacked and bit me. Scary. Scarier than the night.

I suggest a parakeet instead. :)

Yosemite Valley National Park
Dec 11, 2012 - 10:37am PT
John Long wrote an amazing story long time ago about letting go. Maybe he can post it.

Social climber
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 11, 2012 - 10:49am PT
Thanks for sharing that story, Dingus. A roller coaster ride I haven't gotten off in a while.

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Dec 11, 2012 - 10:54am PT
I'm not especially good with words but lately some of the ST postings have been astoundingly moving and I fail in many ways to express how they have touched me. Anyway, they have! This one included. I think as we move into winter, Christmas season, end of year, shorter days, longer nights, whatever, it stirs a type of self reflection...thank you brave folks that can share it....it resonates tremendously with many of us that can't quite figure out the words.


Social climber
humboldt nation
Dec 11, 2012 - 11:18am PT
"walking along in the mission in in the rain"
we walk a beautiful life between the mountains and the sea, the highs being so high and the
and the wipe outs so deep. but when you stare out at the ocean and it stares back so mad and
confused, build a fire wait out the storm and watch the ocean turn that chaos into clean
pealing lines, spitting barrels and long glassy walls.
"be you in the sun or be you pack your bags and run, be there another swell coming your way"

hang loose brudah

Gym climber
South of Heaven
Dec 11, 2012 - 12:26pm PT
My friend Nick had a monkey... Fred I think... made one of the climbing mags way back... wouldn't recommend it.

Chicks are crazy and next to impossible to deal with on a daily basis. Problem is, they have all the pussy and way better tits than dudes. Stay cool, do what you love, be open, and someone will come along... but just remember, they are ALL crazy... just make sure it is nice crazy, not psycho bitch crazy. Remember, if they climb 5.12, they are most likely psycho bitch bat sh#t crazy... although the standards have changed, so the cut off could be 5.14 these days.

Trad climber
Near Squampton
Dec 11, 2012 - 12:39pm PT
^^^^^ Huh? This seemed like a nice thread until a moment ago.

Gym climber
South of Heaven
Dec 11, 2012 - 01:10pm PT
Yeah, my comments ruined this thread. Sorry Greg. I should have stuck with posting photos of used blow up dolls or bitching about being married or posting videos of lame ass love songs.

On that note... best love song ever:

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