“Impossible dreams challenge us to rise above who we are now to see if we can become better versions of ourselves” said Emily Harrington in an Instagram post on November 7th, where she talks about how she became the first women to free-climb the Golden Gate route up El Capitan, a 3,000 foot granite edifice that that draws thousands of climbers to Yosemite each year.
I choose to write my post about this quote, because Emily Harrington was able to achieve her impossible dream by working day and night to rise above herself and accomplish her impossible goal. She set this goal, not truly believing she could do it, but still setting herself to accomplish it. And she did.
This is the amazingness of goals. Set right, with just the right amount of disbelief in our ability but courage to try, they can be amazing things that push us past our limits and allow us to achieve the impossible. But this balance is hard to find, and to often our impossible dreams end up being just that. Impossible.
But this was not the case for Emily Harrington, and now she is a role model for many young women climbers everywhere, including myself. Her success is proof, that those “whimsical” goals we set for ourselves could actually come true, and that working for them could be the best decision of our life and push us past our limits.
Overall, Emily Harrington, using an impossible goal pushed herself to her limit and beyond, and was able to do something no women had done before. This is a beautiful message that should be shared.