Work In Progress
You can’t teach an old dog new tricks. I am just too afraid of heights. I PROMISE, I will climb another day. Those were some of the excuses I would tell myself and others when challenged to climb on the high elements, all the while hating myself for being a coward. Deep down I wanted to feel the excitement of climbing high in the air, hearing the praises of my friends and co-workers as they cheered me on. I wanted to experience what my friends experienced daily as they climbed effortlessly, high onto the platform.
Three years, THREE YEARS it took for me to get up the courage to just put the harness on, climb and stand on the platform with my arms gripped tightly around the pole. Each time Eric, my facilitator, would stand right next to me, cracking jokes, giving me words of encouragement and having the confidence in me that I didn’t feel. Eventually, I realized with a little help, that it’s all about control; control that is taken out of my hands and put into the capable hands of the well trained facilitators.
I would like to tell you that after working here for the past six years I have finally conquered my fear of heights, but hey, I’m not spiderman, just a work in progress. I have, however, learned so much about myself. I have learned how to live in the moment, how fear for just a few quick seconds can lead to the most amazing experiences, how to let go and let someone else take control and most importantly, I have learned that you can teach an old dog new tricks. You just need to be willing to learn and let go.