***You can't go back the way you came - you have to take the leap. And trust.*** Recently I went to an adventure park with a friend. It was filled with challenge bridges, things to climb, and ziplines. While I was excited to try something new, my FEARS were LARGE during most of the course, especially when having to cross swinging slabs of wood. There was no solid ground and no stability.
During the safety briefing, we were given helmets and gear, and we learned how to use the clips to keep us safe. So 'logically' I knew I couldn't fall to the ground... but that didn't stop my fear from slowing me down. Each time I made it safely through the individual obstacles and reached the end of a course, my confidence increased and I was starting to feel a bit more comfortable.
And then we reached the pinnacle of the experience for me - this little platform.... where I hooked myself up to a self-retracting device and was supposed to step off and fall to the ground.
I got myself hooked up, and then I just stood there. I literally couldn't see how to make my body do what it needed to do. My friend was cheering me on from below and giving suggestions about what to do, but I was mentally and physically unable to coax my body to do it.
One of the rules they shared in our safety briefing was there's no turning back. Once you choose a course, you need to complete it. So I stood there, longing to go back the way I came but knowing that I couldn't. There was literally no other way but down. I stood there for what seemed like an eternity.
Finally, knowing I had no other option and reminding myself that I was safe, I was able to take my friend's guidance. I turned my body around and kind of pushed myself off and floated effortlessly to the ground.
These are the invitations I've been working to accept in my life overall.... to get out of my comfort zone, to know when I can't go back, to take the leap, and to trust that I will be okay. I've overcome many, MANY fears the past few years and each time I do, I increase my confidence and self-belief, and I honor myself for taking the leap. I feel so grateful for this experience, and for the support of my friend when fear was getting in my way.
In what ways are you being called to stretch your own comfort zone and to take a leap in YOUR life?
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