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A paradox

That thing you do: the thing you obsess over, engage in, and spend every spare moment thinking about…

It matters.

No, it won’t prevent climate change, or combat inequality. It won’t feed the hungry, shelter the homeless, or solve the burdening issue of chronic disease.

But when you pursue your craft, and when you make good art, you engage.

You begin to see beauty worth preserving.

You find opportunities and share them with others.

You thrive in your own body, and you learn to help others thrive as well.

It spreads. The culture shifts. Things improve.

And so there’s a paradox:

Climbing is ridiculous, self-serving, and unimportant. 

But if it’s the thing that makes you come alive, it’s also the most important thing in the world.