Facing My Fears
Monday, June 18, 2018
It's been quite the month for me. I'm facing fears one after the other. You can check out my two former blogs to see my other fears I've recently looked in the eye and challenged.
This afternoon after spin class, four of the class members went outside and climbed the "Wall". A twenty-four foot tall climbing wall. Just over two stories. I'm afraid of heights. Boy am I afraid of heights. But I'm working on getting out of my comfort zone.
With the encouragement of three other women, I strapped in and took on the wall. I wanted to quit about halfway up, but they kept yelling at me to keep on going and one even kept saying "You're almost there!" even though I was only a few feet off the ground! She was great!
While I didn't quite make it to the top and ring the siren, I did make it to within two feet. If I had paid attention to the direction I was climbing I wouldn't have ran into the overhang and basically chickened out when I was going to have to hang by one hand to get to the next level. But you know what? That's okay, I got so close and was so proud of even trying that it didn't matter that I didn't slap the siren. And yes, the photo is of me almost to the overhang.
When I got down (you had to repel down, no climbing backwards) I was so scared my hands were shaking and my legs were knocking together. The guy that was running the wall looked at me and said "You don't like heights do you?". Yea, not so much!
I did it! Dang, I can't believe I did it. Tell me, what's a recent challenge that you've accepted and beaten or just looked in the eye, stared it down and made the attempt? Feels good doesn't it?!