I love rock climbing. In fact, my climbing partners know I’m addicted to it. There’s something about the mix of adrenaline, fear, physical and mental challenge that I can’t get enough of. The sport has also taught me five critical lessons that I have been able to incorporate into my life and my veterinary career.
Lesson #1: Change is uncomfortable, but you can make it less uncomfortable with practice.
There probably isn’t a person alive today who truly loves change. It’s uncomfortable and scary, which goes against most people’s human nature to remain comfortable at all costs. This is true whether we initiated the change ourselves, such as moving to a new home or deciding to start a family, or the change was forced upon us, such as when a loved one dies.