This post was created in conjunction with Xtreme Park Adventures in Durham.
All opinions are honest and my own.
If you had told me ten years ago heck even a year ago that I would get over my fear of heights and go zip lining. I would have told you that you were crazy. So imagine my surprise when I received an email asking if a guest and I would like to come try out Xtreme Park Adventures in Durham. I said sure, but then I started to think that my girls could go do it and I could just tag along to take pictures. Don’t you just love how my mind works?
But then I thought to myself, no, I am going to do it. Why? Because in the past couple of years, I have been working really hard on getting out of my comfort zone. I mean just look at what I have accomplished rode my first and last roller coaster, ate sushi ( and totally fell in love with it), went to my first scary Halloween event, and even getting in front of the camera instead of being the one taking the pictures all the time.
Let me say that the day I went was not the day I originally had planned to go. I don’t know if it was a case of the nerves or what but the day I was supposed to go, my back was in total spasms. So it was a no go and I would be lying if I said that I almost backed out again but this time I was on the platform about to take the plunge for the first time. But more about that later.
Now let me set the scene for you, it was a cloudy Sunday. When I woke up my stomach was in knots. but I called on my inner Gilmore Girl to calm me down a bit. ( I even wore a Gilmore Girl shirt.)
The park is a little over an hour away so when my friend Sherry picked me up we chatted on the drive. This was Sherry’s second-time zip lining and she is such a calming force.
We checked in at registration and waited for the two other people in our group to arrive, a mother – daughter team, Lisa and Carlynn, who were definitely entertaining.
I would be lying if I told you I felt totally fine with it all, but as the time got closer and closer I was feeling those butterflies in my stomach. But I kept thinking about this one scene from Gilmore Girls where Rory is doing a story on the Life and Death Brigade and she jumps from a scaffolding onto the ground.
In true Gilmore Girls fashion, I kept replaying the scene and the words ‘In Omnia Paratus’, which means ‘ready for anything’.
And that I was until I stepped on the platform for the first time. Then I was like I can’t do this, what am I crazy. Luckily, my friend Sherry was so encouraging and I just decided to close my eyes and jump. And jump I did, I will have to admit that the first line was by far the hardest, I had to get over my own fears and just do it. When I got to the end of the line, Ed, one of the zip line guides, had a little trouble unhooking me because first my legs were like jelly and I could not stand up straight and I was totally shaking and I don’t mean a little shaking, There was a whole lot of shaking going on.
But after that first line, I was ready to take on the others. And I did. I can honestly say that Michael and Ed were amazing guides, so helpful and so genuinely happy to be working. Even if Ed had to clear out all the spiders. They helped us to get out of our heads and just enjoy the thrill of zip lining. I will admit that I wouldn’t mind going back to do it again. It was that much fun but I was totally sore the next day in my legs and upper arms.
I am so glad that I made myself get out of my comfort zone to do this.