August 9th, 2005
|11:00 am - Old T.O.P.Y. Proverb|
"See a cliff, jump off."
-Old TOPY proverb
I found this quote full of relevance to myself, and to my life. There are so many cliffs that I see, that I break through the treeline and find, that I look down from and wonder what is at the bottom.
There are ways down a cliff, of course, to see what's at the bottom. There are trails, ropes that can be hooked into and followed down, and probably even roads for those with an adventure handicap, but all these ways lack something.
Speed, ease, and effectiveness.
Roads wash out and leave you stranded. Trails sometimes don't follow maps. Ropes often don't reach.
The only sure way down, the only fast way down, and the only way that really, truly provides you an ally by default (gravity) is to jump. Gravity is a harsh mistress, but she will always bring you to a predictable place.
Before the horrified looks start, consider this: no matter how you choose to get down, you had to get up there in the first place. You made the trip. You've been at the bottom before. You've already done the hard work to get your ass up there.
So you have a choice: risk being stuck in the mud; lost; or short on rope going over ground you've already been over; or you can seek the only sure way down.
Which will it be for you?
Current Mood: amused
Current Music: "Twelve Volt Man", -JB
I love that poem! I used it on the little memorial editor board I had to make when I left high school behind. It was pretty damn awesome then and it still is.
I agree with you, Mike, on cliffs. (Although, I think you make getting stuck in mud sound more perilous than it actually is. ;)) You make me think I should have just jumped off of Seneca rather than learning to repel on the fly and jumping four pitches in the dark... but upon reflection, that situation was probably even MORE exciting than jumping off.
The trick with gravity is to make it known that you are playful and willing to play many games, and then you can have fun together! Gravity and I rock-climb together all time. Gravity also, as you have seen, loves a good race down-hill, and also special secret dances that involve jumping, like those you perform to honour bees.