Saturday, September 10, 2011

I pulled up to the house around 7 or 8....

   So I'm here. I was somewhere else and now I am here. I think my whole life has been like that. The chapters of my life rarely fade into the next, rather they end abruptly and start a new. A few months ago my life exploded and all the pieces were up in the air. I had no idea where I was going next or why. By pure chance ( if you believe in such things) most of the pieces finally landed in Brevard, NC. This is not a new place to me. I've spent most of my life coming up here for the weekend to mountain bike with my Dad and later to climb.But now I live here! I wake up every morning surrounded by the mountains that raised and shaped me. It still hasn't really sunk in yet. The quiet, quaint pace of this small little town is refreshing. The simple, natural beauty is breath-taking and a saving grace at times. The people are friendly and share a love for their home like I've never seen before, maybe because I've never lived anywhere this amazing.
   I landed a great job at Looking Glass Outfitters working for the best boss one could ask for. I've made a few friends in my short time here and I look forward to meeting more of the awesome people that call this place home. I'm finally in a position to focus on my climbing like never before in my life and intend to find my limit then push past it. I can be in the forest in minutes and be lost in movement before I know it.
   A lot of emotional pain followed me here but that's alright. You can use any force to drive you to greater personal levels, pain has always worked well for me in the past. If I were anywhere else, the drama of the past few months may have gotten the best me. When I'm alone in the boulder-field, sitting amongst the ferns or hanging off the side of a mountain and a breeze rolls through I'm brought back to my proper self. The air fills my lungs and I am reminded of why I landed here. I wanted a simple life that is filled with beauty, balance and passion. I have all of that here, it is just up to me to get the most out of myself. I'm so excited to see what Autumn has in store for me.

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