by ERIK ORTON
I told Emily I wanted to honeymoon on the side of a cliff. She wasn’t amused. Ever since I was a teenager I’ve wanted to climb a big wall. A ‘big wall’ is a rock climb that generally takes more than one day, so you end up sleeping on a ledge or portaledge. Emily and I didn’t honeymoon on a cliff, but we got married anyway.
Then life happened and I got distracted. However, last year I reset my mind toward the idea of a big wall, which is why I went to Yosemite to scout things out. But there were several obstacles. I outlined some of them here. The first real challenge was, I’d gotten out of shape. I’m not a big fitness buff and I don’t diet, but I made some small, consistent steps in that direction and wrote about that here.
Fast forward 10 more months. Or perhaps I should say, slow forward 10 months, because I’m finally accepting the reality that slow is how most things happen. I have a high appetite for work and activity, and I like results. As the song from Queen says, “I want it all, and I want it now!” But that doesn’t change the fact that—in my experience—most progress and change happens slowly, incrementally, over long periods of time.
As part of this change, Emily and I started going for a walk everyday. Rain, shine, snow or sleet, we started our day with a walk. And then we started doing a few stretches and push-ups. And then I made this video (click the CC button for captions).