The Climb

The Climb


The Climb
Miley Cyrus

I can almost see it
That dream I’m dreaming but
There’s a voice inside my head saying
You’ll never reach it,
Every step I’m taking,
Every move I make feels
Lost with no direction
My faith is shaking but I
Gotta keep trying
Gotta keep my head held high

There’s always gonna be another mountain
I’m always gonna wanna make it move
Always gonna be an uphill battle
Sometimes I’m gonna have to lose
Ain’t about how fast I get there
Ain’t about what’s waiting on the other side
It’s the climb

The struggles I’m facing
The chances I’m taking
Sometimes might knock me down but
No I’m not breaking
I may not know it
But these are the moments that
I’m going to remember most yeah
Just got to keep going
And I
I gotta be strong
Just keep pushing on, ’cause

Keep the faith baby
It’s all about
It’s all about
The climb
Keep the faith
Keep your faith
Whoa oh oh

Dear Climber,

The inspiring metaphor of your climb reminds me of the process of therapy. It is so brave to seek therapy, and one of the most strenuous hurdles of the experience is realizing how difficult it is to change.

Strength and bravery are best demonstrated by actions not thoughts. I think you exemplify this in your words. You acknowledge that there are some negative thoughts in your mind but you let them pass. You keep moving anyway. You seem to know that these may be thoughts driven by an emotional reaction — likely fear — rather than a more grounded reality.

You seem to acknowledge that the climb is about the moment-to-moment experience and “it aint about what’s waiting on the other side,” or living in the future. The climb is just about each day — slowly but surely — becoming a more authentic and evolving version of your true, authentic self.

It’s okay to slip up and make mistakes, especially on your therapeutic journey. Many therapy clients stumble before meeting their goals. In fact, though I do not wish for it, I expect my clients to spend some time feeling frustrated and disappointed that things are not going smoothly in their work towards emotional growth and recovery.

Sometimes even our therapeutic relationship gets challenged. I may push too hard, and it may be difficult to find the words to communicate the desire that I back off. I may not hear what you need me to hear. My clients push my buttons sometimes as well. They may forget an appointment either due to life’s chaos or some unconscious or conscious avoidance or resistance to change. Despite these types of challenges, I remain committed to the therapeutic relationship. In fact, I feel honored to be a part of the journey and the climb.

Be gentle with yourself as you keep moving. Remember to take a break and stretch, however that looks for you. Keep on singing in the spirit of the climb. If you find that you need help, consider reaching out to a trained therapist to help you scale the toughest parts and reach the summit.

To Be Continued,

Spencer Northey

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