The Page About Ziplining, Adventurous Spirit, and Once in a Lifetime Experiences

Episode 71

Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you sign up for something, “Sure, sounds fun, I’m in!”, but then later you are like “Holy crap what did I get myself into?”

Our life is all about choices, and this particular situation is no exception. You do have a choice — to either pull the brakes, back up, give up, change your mind (which is by the way the right choice to make in some cases!) or stick to it, go for it, take the leap.

And if you decide to take the leap, and if you do it for the right reasons — not because you are afraid that you’ll be named a coward but because you really want to find out what you are made of — you might be rewarded with a once in a lifetime experience!

In this episode, I‘m sharing a story about how I almost chickened out but ended up going 35 miles per hour on a zipline over the rainforest in Belize.

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Here is my problem. I LOVE adventure – being out there in nature, exploring new places, walking, hiking, climbing – I could never live without it.

Unless you’re completely new to this podcast, you probably already know this about me: I am scared of heights. Always have been, always will be. I can see a possibility of me dying from a heart attack on some breathtaking cliff somewhere in the middle of nowhere.

But my adventurous spirit just won’t let me sit still — it always wants me to go somewhere, try something, do something, and for some reason, this something more often than not involves dealing with some heights.

About a year and a half ago, around Christmas we took a family trip to Austin, to a resort called Kalahari – they have a huge indoor water park, and even though I am not the biggest fan of water parks, it surely beats being stuck in the house when it’s freezing cold outside.

It’s clear that this resort is designed for families with kids, and besides the water park they have other fun family activities, including arcade games, escape rooms, rock climbing walls, and also a ropes course. You know, when you put on a harness, attach the rope to yourself and then walk the course and climb over obstacles while being pretty high up there (the perfect attraction for me).

That ropes course even had 2 ziplines – on the 2nd and 3rd level!

So, after spending one full day in the water park and playing all the arcade games, we had nothing better to do but to try this course.

It was all three of us: myself, my husband, and our daughter.

The two of them quickly climbed all the way to the 3rd level, while I pretended that I was very interested in the obstacles on the 2nd level. In reality, I was simply too scared to go higher.

Suddenly I found myself being stuck next to the zipline part. I would’ve probably done everything in my power to avoid it, but there were already kids behind me, so I had to try it… for the first time ever.

“Oh that was fast!”

“Alright I am not doing this again, that was enough!”

My husband and my daughter were still enjoying themselves on the 3rd level. They had just tried the zipline that was up there, and I was running out of excuses to join them when the attraction management closed the 3rd level for new entries (they were short on staff and couldn’t supervise any more people).

Thank god I can now officially say that I am not allowed to go there! So I don’t have to worry about having to climb up even higher.

Was that whole experience, including the zipline part, kinda fun? Yeah I guess. Definitely thrilling.

But, I was done with ropes and ziplining for the rest of the trip. Thanks but no thanks!

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Until next time,

Olena xx

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