When I get too high on a ladder, I suddenly can’t move. In really tall buildings, I have a little trouble getting close to the windows. In certain airports, I can’t look down the escalator because it’s too far down.
But I’ve been zip-lining!
Whenever I think of Life Adventures, I think of a coin with fear on one side and excitement on the other. That’s because what makes life into an adventure is that there is some level of risk involved in whatever we do.
And so I went out of my comfort zone to try zip-lining.
Perhaps it sounds odd after confessing my fear of heights, but I love to fly and the height is never an issue when I am in a plane. I love the window seat and seeing the world from a whole new perspective.
Because zip-lining looks so much like flying through the air I knew I had to try it. No matter how awful it might turn out to be. Yes, if you are wondering, I have the same thoughts about hot air balloons and parasailing.
Here’s how zip-lining happened…
The Chamber of Commerce in my little town is very active and is continuously promoting its members. We are not far from a beautiful wilderness area called the Green River Gorge and when they joined the Chamber, there was an open house day with half price tickets.
Who could pass up that kind of deal! I was in.
No matter how any adventure turns out, there is always an opportunity to sift through what happened for the good things, like a prospector panning for gold. Those nuggets of gold are what you can carry with you long after the memories have faded.
My zip-line adventure was a real mix of positive and struggle, but I made it through all 11 zips and might even do it again someday. Let me tell you about the most important nugget of gold I found high above the Green River Gorge.
My friend Sally agreed to go with me on this adventure. Each step we went through as we got started at the facility raised my confidence just a little bit.
The people were very nice.
There was an obvious focus on safety; we started with a safety lecture.
Each of us received personal attention as we strapped into harnesses, helmets,
There was a safety check of the “trolley” on the harness that would connect us to
the zip-line cable.
Then we watched a dozen people zip away from the first landing and no one was screaming in terror. All was well.
The first zip-line left from the porch of the lodge and there was a crowd to cheer you on. Each person in turn moved to the edge of the platform and climbed two big steps to stand up even higher on a perch before taking off.
I’m so glad I did – zipping is magnificent. The feeling of flying through the air is even better than I expected.
The wind on your face and the effortlessness of the movement is wonderful. Although you are moving very fast, the sensation is one of gliding freely.
There’s plenty of time to enjoy the scenery and see the world from a new place. Being above the trees is quite a position to be in.
On one zip-line the staff said we were about a thousand feet above the ground. Can you imagine?!
It was all amazing and hard to put into words. I would gladly go again.
And in a future post, I will tell you about how hard it was, how terrifying and what I learned from that…
But here’s the gold nugget of learning for you from the joy of it.
Even when you can’t logically explain why something will make you happy.
You may not have zip-lining in your future, but you do have challenges of other kinds. My hope for you is that you grab a hold of the challenges in your life and do your best.
Take the calculated risk that is a life of adventure…
so that you can find the gold nuggets waiting for you. What you will also find is that you have access to hidden parts of yourself that will make you stronger and give you a sense of renewal.
Make sure you notice the nuggets inside and outside of yourself that you find in your adventures and hold on to them tightly, they are of great value.
Savor the positive regardless of the obstacles. It’s even better than gold.