Last month Lydia and I were in Boulder, Colorado together. She was there for the Richard Freeman Yoga Teacher Training. She spent a dedicated month at his studio near Pearl Street where she absorbed a tremendous amount of knowledge and experience. Her self motivation and discipline inspired me and my climbing to work a little harder, sweat a bit more often and let go a little less easily. She earned a certificate at the end of it all and she's quickly becoming one of the most serious and playful practitioner/teachers on the Planet. She sees the World with eyes wide open and while some of these poses may look a little painful, she'll tell you straight up that "the only thing that's going to hurt you, is not doing it."
Okay, so I haven't survived a prison break, or cut off my arm, I haven't climbed the seven summits or won the tour de france. I don't race cars, or ride bulls and I'm not a soldier of war. But, I am trying to realize my own dream and I can imaging you are too, so is Slim (nickname). That's what this site is about anyway, living your dream and who gives a flying fu*k what people think about it. My dream was to travel the world and climb rocks. That's it, nothing more than that. I'm not rich, so I went for the sponsored route and I'm glad I did, I wouldn't change my life fo anything. I could care less about who's the best, and how many tries. My dream was to get paid to do what I love. I look at Lydia and her friends and our community and I see a similar quest. We are all trying to persue a dream and it's okay to admit that you want to be better tomorrow than you are today. Moving forward is what we do, in my case, it's moving up.
Here is what Lydia has taught me, and this is now what I know about it. As always, feel free to disagree…
You have to realize your dream every day. A dream is not something you just arrive to, it is not a place or a thing that you say "Whoa! Dude, I made it, I'm there man". No, it's a state of mind, a day by day excercise, a practice. Your dream (whatever it may be) can only be acheived by living it moment by moment. The second you take your foot off the gas pedal, and veer to either side you are making a compromise. That is success, that is when you've got it all figured out, that is when people see what you're doing and they want to do it too. Your energy becomes infectious and that is living for a reason, living right, by any standard of success. The fear of going forwards, trumps the fear of standing still, that's the turning point, when you're more scared of what will happen if you don't – And fuck 'em if they can't take a joke.
Congratulations Lydia – my hero.