There is an extreme sports video – People Are Awesome) going viral on YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vo0Cazxj_yc). Google it if this link doesn’t work. It is amazing and inspiring to watch people doing things – biking, skiing, acrobatics – that you honestly would have thought would be impossible to pull off.
It made me think about doing difficult, or seemingly impossible, things. Can all of us do things that, on the face of it, seem impossible? Are there challenges, either physical, social or intellectual, that you have been afraid to take on because the chances of success just seemed too remote? Or the risks seemed too great?
Aside from the physical beauty of these performance, the other thing that stuck me is just how many people can do these things. The impossible is attainable – if we dare to begin, work hard, and take risks.
For me, my days of doing super risky physical feats has probably past. I still love to ski and mountain bike but I am past the age where my body can easily recover from landing on my head or back after a failed flip or huge jump. So I still do those things, but within more reasonable limits.
But I now look to other aspects of my life to push myself. I have started guitar lessons; anyone who knew me in elementary school and saw my abilities on the recorder can attest that, for me, learning to play a musical instrument is an impossible ambition. But I try.
I am trying to set personal bests in rock climbing. While not impossible, the fact that I was an avid climber in university and stopped for many years, the idea of besting my 20 year old performances seems pretty impossible. But in university, while I had lots of strength, I had no technique. I ‘sent’ a 5.9 recently and begin a climbing course next week that should get me doing 5.10s.
So, how will you challenge yourself. What will be your viral YouTube video?