Fun, excitment, pushing limits……We all need it. At least that is what this writer thinks.
Haven’t you ever seen extreme rock climbing, or bungee jumping, skydiving or ziplining and said, “Man, that looks fun but I could never do that!”
The morning started with anticipation and nervousness as we all gathered around the black harnesses laying on the floor. Our instructors’ names were Amy and Robert, two young pups who had much fun pulling our legs and trying to add a little levity to the situation, as you could see the unspoken nervousness in some peoples eyes. “Anyone ever zipped before?” Silence. Instruction began and one of the main training points was how to slow down and brake. Careful training ensued with step by step instructions about the importance of first looking up at the cable, and then placing your hand in the proper position to brake and have control of your speed. Assessing your position from the treetop landing station and judging your pressure on the wire was very important.
There were several treetop reiteration of this instruction, especially when my best friend came hurling to a landing station full force without heeding Amy’s bird flapping arms indicating SLOW DOWN.
Zipping across the forest tree-tops at 20-40 miles an hour with nothing but the clothes on your back really empowers you to feel like you have control over your destiny, because in this situation, you REALLY do. If you do not brake correctly you could come up short at the end of the ZIP and have to pull your way into the treetop station. Brake to late and you could crash and burn. Well, not really, because Amy and Robert are professionals and there are safeguards for that, but you get my meaning.
I don’t know about you it seems to me most people, including me, get caught up in their everyday routines, and all the pressures of life, and we forget to take risks, forget to challenge ourselves, because frankly, we are too tired. Try to make a real effort to do something to challenge yourself, push your comfort zones. Zip thru life with excitement and no fear. If you must put on the brakes, do so smoothly with clear intention. Take your time to assess all choices, consequences, and responsibilities to arrive at any and all destinations and goals. We always have the choice and the power over our own destinies, even if, at times, it doesn’t feel like it.
Oh, and if you do try something, and you find that it is too overwhelming to handle for where you are today, remember you can always go back and try again. Sometimes when this happens I like to visualize before actually doing the “push my limits” exercise. Like skydiving. Pretty intense. I thank God the clouds came in after flight school because I had to wait to jump. I had a whole week to visualize jumping out of that plane, and it helped when it came time to take that leap.
We all really should try to do something at least once a month, definitely once a year, outside our comfort zone. Push yourself to reach the place of challenge and exhilaration because, believe me, it can change your perspective and have a positive impact on how you feel about yourself and your path. Just try it once. Like the ad says….Just Do It!
You’ll be glad you did. And remember, “It is said, the man who lives without risk, does not live.”
Veronica Crystal Young 40s Goddess www.tvartscapes.com