MORE STORY TIME. I kid you not, when we rounded the corner and caught our first glimpse from underneath the bridge that we had just been driving on, I honestly thought the bridge was falling apart, because strange big pieces of things were hanging down from under it. When I realized THAT was the ropes course at area47, the very ropes course we had SIGNED UP FOR, I immediately surrendered to the “I absolutely cannot do that” mindset. There is zero way I am going to willingly put myself under a bridge that cars drive on (I don’t like bridges) THAT high up in the air (I have a fear of heights) over water, no less (I have a fear of water), to attempt this ropes course. Seriously, NO way.
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What I was forgetting about (or perhaps trying to ignore in that moment) was my uncanny aptitude for bravery.
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I am constantly pushing the envelope when it comes to my fears, and this ropes course was another opportunity to see what I’m capable of. That is, if I could even manage the first step.
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We put helmets on and headed up to the starting platform to make the final call. I was almost certain I would not have the guts to make myself proud on this day. This was the highest ropes course in Austria, nearly 90 feet off the ground. This might actually be where I draw the line.
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I went first. I tried to turn around twice, and twice I found courage to keep going. And after what was pretty much an out of body experience (I really had to be mostly in my mind), I FINISHED. It’s hard for me to believe that I did it, but… I really did do it. With the help of strong safety cables, an enthusiastic guide, and a great friend for support.
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If you watch my story, you’ll see that right in this moment on the wall, which was the worst/scariest part of the whole thing for me, I said “WHY? WHY do I do these things?” And our guide Lucas sang out “Because it makes you feel ALIVE!” He’s so right.
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“Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far they can go.” Apparently I’m not even there yet, but I’ll hang my helmet for a moment and enjoy the accomplishment of raising my own bar.
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