The Year of 2012

A new year is upon us. I have now lived to see the passing of one year to another 28 times. As each year ended, I'd celebrate it banging pots and pans in the front yard, playing board games with family, watching movies, trying to find a girl from whom to steal a new year's kiss, or with my friends in a camper-trailer at a ski resort. It is always interesting to see in what way I bring in a new year.

A new year is often seen as a time to turn over a new leaf, to start over, or to do away with the old and bring in the new. I don't know if it's just me that is seeing this, but it seems like a lot of people are getting good feelings about 2012. Facebook statuses are redundant with "I've got a good feeling about 2012." and "2012 is going to be way better than 2011." I wonder if everyone had those same feelings and predictions are the beginning of 2011 or any of the past years. Is 2012 really going to be the better year or are we all just excited to try again to do better in our lives?

For me, 2012 is going to be the year for me to experience some new things. Yea, I'll focus on correcting and redoing some things, but my focus this year is to add on and discover.

It's been a while now that I have felt like I could climb a 5.13 sport route. But for some unknown reason I have held off from attempting one, let alone having the desire to climb one. I don't know why that is. I love climbing and I love progressing in it. So why wouldn't I aspire to raise the bar? Why have I saved my first 5.13 lead when I should have attempted it back in 2010?

I can honestly say that fear has never been the factor. I can also say that I could come up with many theories as to why I've waited. But in all reality, I honestly don't know the true answer. What matters now is that I have put away my childish actions and reasoning and am going to reach this new bench mark.

Who knows, I may not event red point a 5.13 this year (I hope that isn't the case). But I will feel a whole lot better about myself knowing that I spent the days of 2012 projecting a new level of difficulty for myself.

If you have a future accomplishment that has been looming and haunting you for a while, dedicate yourself to approach it and take it on. As many people are already preaching..."2012 is the year!"

Ben Eaton redpointing Snipe Hunter (5.12c) at Lime Creek near Basalt, CO.
Photo by Kausha Allison.

Ben Eaton redpointing Jumanji (5.12a) on the Black and Tan Wall
of the Woodbury Road Crags near St. George, UT.
Photo by Jennilyn Eaton.

Ben Eaton going for the failed redpoint of Zealot (5.12c) on Kelly's Rock
of the Woodbury Road Crags near St. George, UT.
Photo by Jennilyn Eaton.