You want me to do WHAT???????????????
Monday, October 01, 2012
"Guess what I did for us for Saturday?" Mom2 asked me last Thursday.
I pondered this question as, generally, there lurks a surprise that either makes me dance for joy around our condo, or makes me think she really needs to be placed in a nice, softly padded room where she won't be a danger to herself or anyone else.............. Besides, I was hoping for a weekend of camping - a day or two to just relax and do nothing - except prepare for camping guests for the evening on Saturday...........sigh.
So, I answered her as I usually do: "What did you do this time?"
"We're going ziplining on Saturday morning!"
She said this as I had an armload of laundry headed down to the basement. Not really a good time to spring something like THAT on this 57 year old, silver-haired mother of two grown children and a grandchild..........that she'd like to see grow up...........
After picking up the laundry - and my jaw - that I dropped, I said something to the effect of, "We're WHAT??" while thinking to myself, "She's officially off the deep end this time..."
Fast forward to Saturday morning, Camp Kern in southwestern Ohio, and two young men who looked like they had just graduated from high school telling us how to put on harnesses for the Ozone Zipline Adventure. Walking became the newest form of ST once we were all geared up, and outside we went............Mom2, me, and 4 other daring souls. I looked at the gear we had on - these pieces of metal and nylon that were going to hold me suspended over deep river beds on a metal line, and I wondered to myself who ever in the world thought up something like this - and more importantly who in the world would have been the "testers" who worked out the bugs ............................!
After receiving our instructions from High School 1 and High School 2 about everything from how to come in for our landing (LANDING??? We have to LAND??????) to how to steer ourselves ( you have GOT to be kidding me.......I'm steering myself on a rope....dangling from a very wide wire, zipping down said wire to someplace I have to LAND????).......it was time to try our first "zip". Since I wasn't first, I had a chance to watch, apply my lessons in my head, and see how others either did things the right way, or hadn't listened and had to be retaught once they didn't land right. Then it was my turn..........................
...and after I got hitched up, I took that first step off that platform and away I went.
8 zip lines, incredible scenery, and the sense of flying are now behind me. I WOULD DO IT AGAIN IN A HEARTBEAT!! Only the next time, I'll know what to expect and will feel much more free to be much more at ease in that gear..........and will actually experience the whole thing completely differently.
Amazing the correlation I can make with this whole amazing adventure and the one we are on every single day in our lives here at SparkPeople. I feel very much like my life has been like this zip line adventure.....................
........ from the "you want me to do WHAT?" to the feeling of accomplishment and anticipation at what might come next if I approach something I once almost feared completely differently once my fear was conquered. It's all about taking that first step once the right gear is in place!
This weight loss and maintenance journey is a scary venture. It makes us think outside the box and step into unknown territory. It makes us get outside our comfort zones, and to be successful, it makes us try new and different things that we otherwise might shun. If we think too hard, or procrastinate long enough, we can eventually make enough excuses that sound so plausible, that we stumble on the journey or give up altogether. But that means we miss a huge opportunity to see some incredible sites........and to actually conquer something that we once feared................being who we can really be and not who we *wish* we were.
It's that first scary step off the platform that holds us back. What we have to realize is that we have the right gear, and the right guides to help us along and to keep us from misstepping. We might steer wrong and end up landing backwards........but always the gear and the guides are there to catch us and help get us turned around the right direction for the next part of the adventure.........the next step off the next platform.
What is holding you back? And are you going to let it?
I know I'm not.