Last December 2019, we had a field trip to a resort (Pugad Adventure, Philippines) that has a lot of fun activities that you can do and that includes ziplines. Knowing me, I will not leave the resort without trying it. They have 5 ziplines and we chose the highest and the longest one which is called the Superman Zipline. If I remember it correctly, it’s 250-300 feet above the ground and 400-450 meters long. It’s from one mountain to another.
This will be my second time doing this so I thought I will be able to go through this ride smoothly, but…
“You will stay stuck here if you don’t let go of that bar,” said the staff. Just like my first time last December 2017, I held on to that bar for too long. It’s as if it’s my first time doing this. I was so scared, my heart is beating fast and I’m sweating. Maybe the added intensity is also because I was the first one. If you may ask, my brother and cousins pushed me to be the first one because I’m the only girl. “Ladies first,” they said. Hahahaha amazing, right? Well, I can’t complain because I’m the one who encouraged (or more like nagged) them to try this. Haha I don’t have before photos for 2019 because this time, no one wants to bring their phone. No need for that though because my reaction is still the same or much more than that. So I guess, it’s a good thing haha
After I don’t know how long, I released the bar and the staff let go of the rope, the one that is attached to me, so I flew to the other mountain in superman form. I screamed at the top of my lungs that my family heard it loud and clear at the cottage. While up there, I realized my eyes were closed. I thought, what’s the point of this adventure if I can’t see it? So I opened my eyes and saw how beautiful the resort is. It is surrounded by nature. I loved it! At that moment, I feel the cool breeze and slowly felt at ease.
When I arrived at the other mountain, I feel so happy and I want to go back and do it all over again. It’s scary but it was an amazing experience.
Here’s what I learned:
After much thought, I think the reason why the fear got stronger before I started this ride is that I have control over when to start. Unlike the rollercoasters and other thriller rides that I have experienced in the past, they are automatic. You just sit and hold on to the lap bars or to other forms of restraints and wait for the ride to start. Add the fact that my friends or my family and so many more people are with me in the ride at the same time. So there’s no room for fear to hold me back from going for it.
“You will stay stuck here if you don’t let go of that bar.”
What the staff said got me thinking and he’s right. I’m just prolonging it, making myself more afraid. It’s like the more I delay, the more I’m allowing myself to have room for that fear.
The fear will always be there.
To be honest, even though I’m a fan of rollercoasters and thriller rides, I still get scared. I realized that fear will always be there. Just like in life, some fears can’t be conquered one time. Others will still come back but the only difference is that you have experience so you know what it feels like to be out there and you know that you made it alive the first time.
Open your eyes on the journey.
While I’m up there, opening my eyes is probably one of the best decisions I’ve made. I know I’m exaggerating this too much, but I’m really into nature so I enjoyed being up there and getting the bird’s eye view of the resort and its surroundings. Same with life. Oftentimes, we are too fixated on the destination or the final product that we don’t take the time to pause, zoom out, and open our eyes to appreciate the journey. I really think that the journey to get to where we want to be is as important and as beautiful as the destination no matter how hard and frightening it is.
After reflecting on these, I realized that part of the reason why I’m so into these adventures is that it made me feel like I can conquer my fears. I really hope that I can apply these in all areas of my life because most of the time, I allow fear to eat up the courage left in me so I end up losing opportunities and chances. I want to remind myself that if it’s something that I really want to do and something that will help me improve and grow, then girl, it’s time to get out of your comfort zone! I know it’s easy to say but hard to do, but just think about all the things you might gain from that experience whether you fail or succeed. At the end of the day, you will regret all the things that you didn’t do.
Do you have a similar experience? Or a different one? What did you learn from it?
[Update: I found my 2017 photo while I was up there. Haha I added it above.]