Have you ever looked up at a big cliff with rock climbers dangling from what looks like threads and thought, “Wow, it really seems like they have life all figured out?” You most likely have not thought that. While I certainly don’t have everything figured out, I have learned a lot of lessons during my time as a rock climber.
The art of rock climbing is very intense and can often be dangerous, requiring several measures of safety. Despite its danger, rocking climbing is an outdoor activity enjoyed by many across cultures and continents. Photo by Luke Little
In the midst of a global pandemic, it is important to have some sort of escape that allows you to get your mind off of things. Rock climbing has become a great way for these students from Missouri Baptist University to get outside and enjoy creation. When they spend time on the rock wall all of the stress from the pandemic goes out the window for a bit.
Missouri Baptist University alum Wesley Smith, from Quincy, Illinois, makes his way to the toughest part of the climb up a vertical rock wall at West Tyson County Park in Eureka, Missouri. Smith, who is currently enrolled at Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, was one of several men from MBU to venture out recently for a day of climbing. Photo by Patrick Griffey
“The Peanut Butter Falcon” is a Mark Twain-style adventure story of a boy with Down syndrome chasing his dreams of becoming a professional wrestler and taking this unique journey with an unlikely friend.
A story that is driven toward adventure and the depth of people despite their label will leave you excited about your next adventure with your friends or family. Photo courtesy of StockSnap
Sleeping At Last’s album “Atlas: Enneagram” is a brilliant collection of songs based around the nine different Enneagram personality types. Featuring a diversity in sound, composition and theme that mirrors the vast differences in personality, there is something for every listener to enjoy.
Sleeping At Last, the alias singer-songwriter Ryan O’Neal produces music under, was formed in 1999 and has produced three full-length albums and EP projects like “Yearbook” and “Atlas” as part of its extensive discography. Photo provided by Sleeping At Last
“Welcome to the real world, kid,” “It’s time to grow up.” Do these phrases sound familiar? The idea of growing older is often associated with stepping away from our childlike playfulness and curiosity. I would like to propose that when we reclaim our sense of whimsy we will live a life with a greater connection to the people around us and even to ourselves.
Patrick Griffey stirring up sand as he cuts back and forth down a sand dune in Michigan. Photo Courtesy of Luke Little