At first glance, this might look like a tame enough photo, boring even. But something enormous had just happened in my life: I had majorly chickened out on a challenge course I’d committed to. Of all of my trips in the past few years, of overcoming long-held fears such as riding a horse at Grand Canyon Ranch, embracing nerves, doing things like hypnotherapy that are way out of my comfort zone… I never thought that I would so disastrously wimp out on something.
At a spa.
Yes, I have traveled far and wide, and during a posh weekend at a five-star spa, I met my match on its challenge course.
And you know what? It was fine. The world did not end, and my ego survived not being able to call everyone I know and go, “Guess what I did today!!” I met a friend, Michelle, and she and I had a grand time helping others reach safety. Just look at us: having a ball!
I knew my trip to the luxurious Miraval Spa was going to be a little “different” when I read my itinerary: classes like “primal drumming” and “It’s Not About the Horse” alerted me to a weekend bound for more than just facials and massages. But it was the “Quantum Leap II” challenge course that snuck up on me. I convinced myself that I could handle anything that a “spa” threw at me.
That all changed as we hiked away from the spa and I caught site of the looming challenge course, which reminded me of something out of a Harry Potter movie.
Since I proved myself to be the biggest wuss, I am forced to chronicle the bravery of others.
This is my friend Aaron, and our new friend Larissa. They were a great match, as excited as I’ve ever seen two adults be, jumping around in anticipation of climbing up a pole 35 feet in the air and standing up on a platform the approximate size of a shoebox.
So this is the course: Take a look at the ladder at the bottom of the frame. You climb up the ladder — and then keep climbing. At 35 feet, you have to get yourself on top of the smallest platform I have ever seen, which on our day was swaying in the wind. And then… someone else has to join you up there.
I was dying to jump off! I love that sort of stuff. If only they could have lowered me onto the platform with a helicopter or something… But getting myself onto a small platform, as I was violently shaking due to a fear of heights that for some reason didn’t stop me from skydiving… No. Not going to happen. Anyway, here’s what it looks like.
In the end, our friends were fearless, taking no time at all to approach the platform. (Jump on, “one, two, three HAPPY HOUR!!”) They put on quite a performance jumping off.
And then… Larissa and Aaron were so elated once they hit the ground. Don’t you love them?
When was the last time YOU chickened out? How did it make you feel?
Click here for more of Miraval’s challenge courses. There are some fun ones!
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