Free Solo

Yesterday, while watching a documentary, I learned an important lesson. This is a lesson that you can also benefit from.

The documentary I watched is called ‘Free Solo’. It’s about Alex Honnold, a famous rock climber who is known for free soloing.

For those not aware of what free soloing is (even I wasn’t), here’s how Wikipedia defines it – 

“Free solo climbing, or free soloing, is a form of technical ice or rock climbing where the climbers climb alone without ropes, harnesses or other protective equipment, forcing them to rely entirely on their own individual preparation, strength, and skill.”

Just think about that for a moment. Climbing some of the highest peaks without using any ropes or safety equipment. 😱 

That’s scary!

I remember being scared and worried while watching the documentary as if I was doing the climb myself. So, I can’t even imagine what Alex might be going through during his free solo adventures.

But surprisingly, that’s not the case. The documentary revealed that Alex doesn’t feel as scared as we would imagine. 

He has this extraordinary ability to stay calm in situations where others would shiver with fear.

This helps him take better decisions while climbing.

This highlights an important lesson. By learning to remain calm in stressful situations, we can do some incredible things that most people cannot even fathom.

And this doesn’t apply to only extreme situations like that of Alex’s. It’s applicable in our everyday lives too. Remaining calm in our everyday challenges can help us deal with them better. 

Everyday challenges like 

• Office arguments

• Career choices

• Financial loss

• Loss of a family member

• Emotional problems

• Job loss

• Divorce/breakups 

Bruce Lee once said,

“One of the best lessons you can learn in life is to master how to remain calm. Calm is a superpower.”

Always remember that.


Thanks for reading. I am Shikhil Vyas, a technical content writer and blogger. If you liked reading it, you can support me by buying me a coffee.

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