The other night the 13 year old and I watched the movie “The Walk” with Joseph Gordon-Levitt. It was based on the real life man who walked a tight rope between the Twin Towers back in the 70’s. I spent a lot of the movie feeling anxious, most especially the first time he went up to check it out and he stood on the end of a girder, I had to look away. This was a movie mind you, me watching someone else, but I had that same feeling watching my son, mother in law and cousin Lis…a standing by a railing at Rock City looking out over a huge drop. A few years ago as I stood by a railing at the top of a lighthouse I hung on to the railing for dear life as I envisioned myself tumbling over the rail. Although I was fine standing at the top of the light house in Key West (higher railing). I bring all this up because at some point this year I plan to try ziplining. A few years ago I did a little zipline down Main Street of my home town. It wasn’t terribly tall or very long yet as I stood waiting to go I kept thinking about taking that first step off and knowing that if the cable snapped I’d hit hard metal below me and if I didn’t die I would be seriously hurt. But I took that step of faith. With all of that being said I have to wonder if I will be brave and take that step on a real honest to goodness zipline. I’m afraid, but this is something I have wanted to do for a very long time, since I bought my kids a zipline experience one year for Christmas. Funny isn’t it? I wanted to do it, but bought them the experience instead of myself. I knew they would love it, and believed they would not be as afraid as I was to take that step. I need to remind myself that its okay to be afraid, but having the courage to take that step keeps us in charge of our fears, and keeps fear from crippling us. Go do something new.
Posted by jlturtlerunner on January 17, 2016 in Uncategorized and tagged anxious, bucket list, Death, doing something new, dying, fear, fear of heights, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, lighthouse, living, movie, The Walk, trying new things, zipline, ziplining.