In between snuggling the little baby nephew this weekend, we took a break to go on a zipline adventure in the autumnal leaves. Husband had a gift certificate, and I was nervous going in that I was going to have trouble. I’m not huge on heights, or on losing control in any way… so there was a chance that this wasn’t going to go well.
What I’ve realized, though, is that it is important for me to flex my bravery muscles just like it is important for me to exercise physical muscles to stay in shape. When I haven’t done anything difficult for a while, it gets even harder to be spontaneous and confident. So when given the opportunity to do something scary, but basically safe, I decided to give ziplining a shot.
Let me tell you: ziplining is BEAUTIFUL. There were big mashed-potatoes lumps of clouds in the valleys and the peaks were covered in brilliant foliage on the fall trees. The weather was cool but not cold, and the views were simply perfect. The exhilaration of jumping off a wooden tower into nothing but fog or open air was really memorable; so was the loud slap of hitting the auto-break and slowly sliding into the next tower.
I hope that, when I meet people who are different from me and when I face new complex challenges at work, I’ll find the muscles for bravery already in good working order. If my brother-in-law and sister-in-law are brave enough to be new parents in an uncertain world, and people regularly trust their lives to a big zipline cable in order to get a thrill, I can probably manage the small complications and difficulties in my life.
How have you flexed your bravery muscles lately? Is there a way you can be brave this week?