BEAT the beat down!
By Mark Gunlogson
Ok, 8 – 12+ hours a day at work with commute, kids; if you have them, driving to ballet practice/sleep deprivation/money..,/making dinner/reading/tucking in/etc.., and for all of us the other day to day dealings- this constitutes the BEAT DOWN. However much we’re rewarded by these efforts in other ways, who does not feel this pressure? But, after watching a week plus days in the Cascades of very cold temps and minimal snow cover, and the perfect set-up for the elusive, at best ephemeral, ice climbing opportunities here, I just could not take it anymore.
There is ALWAYS work to do- it will never go away. Be it work, taking care of kids, looking for work…,
Set it aside- if only for a few hours.
As I watched the week whittle itself away as I diligently went through the weekly beat down I had to finally say- enough!! The world keeps spinning. Get out there, even if you think you can’t! Turns out even a few hours in the open air and moving your body does wonders! Here’s my mantra for 2010: BEAT the beat down! It all started with a quick trip up Mount Snoqualmie, a not so earth shattering ascent, but a short hit getting out and some fresh air!