Continuing the trend of theming my letters to y’all based on sports-related things I did the day before – yesterday I hiked up a mountain.
I’ve lived in Colorado for a good nine months now, so this should not have been the first time I’ve done this, but it was. And now that I’m not stuck on a rocky outcropping trying to calm two dogs and a Hockey Hating Fiancé – all of whom were very keen on going up and not enjoying coming down – I can say with absolute certainty that while I did not enjoy the entire experience, taken in parts, I’m glad I did it. It was a worthwhile exercise – enjoying the beauty of nature, spending time with the people (and puppies) I love, challenging myself, planning ahead, all of it.
There’s no shortage of clichéd metaphors comparing creating something to climbing a mountain. But those metaphors often stop once you reach the top, once you get to what is supposed to be the goal. Yesterday I saw pretty clearly that once you reach the top, sit around and enjoy the view for a little while, the job doesn’t end. Whatever you set out to create, whether it’s a website like ours or a new women’s hockey league or anything else whose success you’re working for, you don’t get more than a moment to stop and enjoy where you’re at. When you’re at the top, there’s still the whole way back down, which is often just as difficult and dangerous as the way up. There are still people to guide, trails to blaze, other people making their way up to step aside for and answer them honestly when they ask you, “Hey, is this the way up?” The work of coming down is just as difficult and just as important as the work of going up.
Plus, if the metaphor holds, there are definitely beer and burgers waiting for you at the end of the day.
This week on TOH, we’ve written about some people who understand the challenges of creation and blazing a trail:
- Guest Contributor Sasky Stewart wrote about Carmen Jorda, a development driver for Lotus in Formula 1.
- Our News Desk looked at the birth of a new – paid – women’s hockey league in the NWHL.
- I looked at the state of Women’s Hockey as a whole in 2015, including the potential impact of the NWHL on that landscape.
- #TME Sasha Davis rounded up news and links from all around The Neighborhood.
- E. Lipes looked at the delicate art of packing a carry-on in The Equipment Manager this week.
- Hockey Debutante worked on passing and learned what happens when you help the people coming up behind you.
- In this week’s Tips For An Active Lifestyle, Lacy K. Fuller looked at the importance of actually getting off the couch and moving around some.
- Sasha also examined how someone from Arizona gets into, and then out of, and then into, hockey.
Thanks for another great week, readers! As always – if you have something to say, the comments are open, or you can tweet us @OtherHalfSports. And if you’re interested in writing for us, send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.