I’m not suggesting anyone go jump off a cliff or anything too insane. However, we should try things that make us a little uncomfortable. The end results might surprise us.
I have a terrible fear of heights. Even when I rock climbed; my fear of heights took over at 50 feet. When I went to the Renaissance Festival, they offered a zip line for the courageous. I surprised myself by jumping at the chance. It was lower than a typical zip line, but still high enough to scare me to death. I felt a pull to do it anyway.
I paid my fee, got suited up in my harness, and climbed to the top of the tower. My body started to vibrate as fear consumed me. The girl that was supposed to go before me started to have a panic attack. She scrambled down the stairs past me, her face frozen in fear. I battled with myself. Should I back down too? I realized that I could quit and regret what might have been, or I could face my fear and just do it because that’s what Chasing Stormi was about.
I let them hook me up. I asked the guy, “So I’m afraid of heights. Any advice?” He said, “You’re not alone. The best thing to do is just treat it like you’re jumping into cold water. Close your eyes, run and jump to get it over with. If you just step off, you’ll freak by not feeling anything under you. You’ve got this!”
Run and blindly jump. Well, that’s what we’ve been doing this whole time. This is what I have asked you to do regularly. I was more determined than ever. So I closed my eyes, ran, and jumped into the air.
The breeze was blowing the hair out of my face, and I began zipping towards the next tower. I opened my eyes and squealed as I soared to the other side. There was a guy standing on the top of the tower that slowed me down to land. My body was shaking more than ever. However, a sense of pride flooded over me. I DID IT! I ZIP LINED! Now I had to do it again. So I closed my eyes and jumped once more.
By the time I was done, I was vibrating excessively from head to toe! I had never felt more alive! I was really proud of myself. I had been doing small things, but this was something big for me.
A girl just trying to find her way, stepping outside of her comfort zone, trying new things, and making new friends along the way!