A foundational decision determines why you live your life as you do. It’s about why you do activities, not about what you want to accomplish. “I choose to climb” is a foundational decision. It isn’t dependent on the difficulty you want to climb or which routes you will be able to climb. You decide that you want climbing to be an integral part of your life. You commit to living your life through climbing.
This decision is essentially the vehicle you choose for an even greater purpose in your life: to learn and grow. This is really the purpose of life regardless of the sport, job, or circumstances of your life. If you enjoy climbing then why not make climbing that vehicle for learning?
This foundational decision is not subject to circumstances. You may achieve your climbing goals quickly or slowly, but either way, your foundational decision to climb remains the same. You aren’t climbing to get something out of it, but rather climbing for its own sake. In other words, you don’t climb because it is good for you; you climb because it gives you a feeling of being alive.
This foundational decision can’t be explained away. You climb because you have to, because if you couldn’t climb, in a sense, you would die. Climbing gives something to your life to such a degree that to live without climbing would essentially kill your purpose for living. “Why do you climb?” You can’t answer why; you just know you have to climb.