I was rubbish in PE.
I hated the competition. I hated all the rules I didn’t know. I couldn’t catch a ball or throw one when I was in the most comfortable of situations, and I definitely couldn’t do it when I knew people were going to scream at me when I inevitably failed to catch or throw said ball.
When we were doing independent sports like running or swimming I was fine. I was in good shape and I didn’t mind physical activity. I still would have rather been developing film in the dark room, discussing a book in English, or learning complicated verb conjugations in Spanish, but I could do it.
The good thing about grown up life is this: you no longer have to deal with Middle School P.E. power dynamics. In other words, I can go on a rock climbing adventure with my friends, and when I decide I’d rather not climb but I would love to make videos about their climbs, they said “Ok!”
So that’s what I did.
Smith Rock is absolutely stunning. We went in the late afternoon to escape the mid-summer heat.
Marissa, Jeff, and Jayme all climbed Night Flight. Marissa and Jeff have a lot of experience climbing and were able to show everyone else the “ropes.”
Then everyone else had a turn.
I ended up with so much footage that I made FOUR videos. There is one main one (embedded above) and one for each person’s climb. It was fun to make these videos for each one of my friends- it was like making each of them a little present.