Last night I headed over to The Spot, a climbing gym here in Boulder, CO, to do a little crushing before a friday night of dancing to 80s and disco with good friends and handsom strangers. There’s a slackline at the gym, and to my pleasant surprise, working his magic doing backflips, walking all kinds of backwards, and doing one-handed planks that defy gravity was Josh Beaudoin, who is on the Gibbon slackline MVP Team.

This is someone who is good at their craft …who has gone through pain-staking hours of practice and routine and dedication of falling and getting back up again over and over again to finally get it right. This is someone who sets the tone for what you can do and how great you can be if you get back on it again. I know, I know – I’m getting all philosophical again, but you know me, I can’t help it. I’m always thinking about the ins and outs of life and what it’s all about and how we can live it right.

And so today, for our Daily Inspiration, I’d like to share with you a video of Josh and a few others on the Gibbon MVP Team on their east coast tour. Not only is their talent out of this world, but what’s also inspiring is the Slackline Scholarship Challenge Josh runs where he visit schools teaching kids how to slackline. Getting kids outside and exploring, teaching them fun ways to exercise and stay fit, and of course, showing them that with a little bit of effort and practice they can do it –  it couldn’t be more inspiring and important.

Sure, it may seem like all slacklining is, is balancing on a thin rope, but it’s so much more than that. It’s about practice and dedication, it’s about learning how to let go yet stay focused simultaneously so you can get from A to B, and it’s about learning how to do something that challenges you.

Enjoy this video, and if you’ve never slacklined before, give it a go. It’s not easy at first, but once you get it down, it’s the closest thing to walking on air.

– Lauren Rains

About The Author

Lauren Rains is the editor at large of Outdoor Minded Mag. She is struck by wanderlust, and spends most waking hours of her life either exploring the outdoors around the globe or working on various passion projects be it film to microadventures to cooking chili. You can read about her adventures in life, biz and travel on her blog TheMadToLive.com, and catch up with her on Twitter at @LaurRAINS.