Wednesday, September 22, 2010
I did a little hiking this weekend, but I cheated a bit. My ankle has been bothering my thanks to long days running circles in a warehouse with cement floors. So while I wanted to hike, I knew I needed to take it easy so I could get through the next 4 weeks in the warehouse. I'd chosen to go to Natural Arch and heard there was a tram you could take most of the way up.
I pulled in bought my ticket and got on without thinking about it. It wasn't until I was fastened in and on the way up that I remembered trams/chair lifts scare me silly. Just as I started to get nervous, I caught sight of just how far up I was going and how steep the climb was. It was at this point I really started to get shaky. I took a bunch of pictures trying to keep my mind off things. It helped a little, as did taking some deep breaths and trying to take in quiet peace that comes for me when I'm surrounded by nature.
I finally made it to the top and tried to put the ride behind me as I enjoyed my beautiful surroundings. The view was absolutely worth the fear, even when I got back on and started down. The experience made me stop to wonder how often my fears stop me from doing things I really want to do and would enjoy if I could just push past the fear. Maybe I should leap without looking more often and stop analyzing things so much, the experience may be worth those moments of fear.
I know when most people think Fleetwood Mac they immediately think of Stevie Nicks, but you can't forget Lindsay Buckingham, the angst in his voice does it for me.