April 03, 2023 1 min read
I had a lot of doubts and I still do, but I've always just felt the need to take matters into my own hands. I grew up in a very remote village. I was a very insecure little girl, but I've always known that I had something else waiting for me.
Around the age of 12 is when I started realizing how abusive my dad was. Every single day of my life I was in fear. That's when I knew that we needed and deserved better.
I was 16 at the time and we left our family behind just with hopes and dreams to have a better life.
Living in Washington state, my friends finally took me climbing for the first time. It's almost like I discovered a new world. I really believe that it brought the child back in me and I just felt at home. I was fulfilled and I was happy with myself.
I've always just wanted to prove that I deserved it, but I think I didn't believe I deserved it.
Most of the time I'm intimidated by any climb, I'm not gonna lie. I think climbing has shown me the strength I have.
All I tell myself is I'm ready to put up a fight. I'm slowly learning how much more I can do. More than I thought I could. Anybody can connect through climbing. You don't have to speak the same language, you don't have to be white, you don't have to be black, you can just be yourself.