This year has been all about conquering my fears and believing in myself! This has been a year of learning how to believe in myself and do things I never thought I could do on my own -- like conquering my fear of heights and doing some of the courses on our high school's Project Adventure Course! Make sure to watch the videos!
It was something I had always wanted to do, but was always scared to do it. Thanks to my friend Bob Sutherland who runs the Project Adventure Class at CHS I was able to go on the course today.
Project Adventure is all about learning to trust others, team work and conquering fears while high in the air! It really did all that and more for me today!
I learned a lot about trusting myself and believing in my ability to do things I never thought I could do.
I have had overcome a lot these last few years, and for awhile there I really doubted myself. I did not believe in my own abilities and really relied on others too much. I was always second guessing myself. With the help of my friends and family I started to believe in myself more. There were a few people in my life that really did believe in me at a time when I did not believe in myself. They saw what I could be when I could not do that myself. They were there for me when I needed them the most. I will forever be grateful and thankful to those people -- even if some are no longer in my life now.
This year is about letting go of the past and figuring out a way to move forward one step at a time. Much like me on the course today. I was 20 feet in the air walking across a thin metal wire with only a harness and a student on the ground holding on to a rope. I had to put my full trust in that student and also in the fact that I could make it across that wire one step at a time. I did and in the process learned that I am stronger then I think.
The course also taught me to let go and stop doubting my abilities I am stronger then I think! In one of the videos you will see my climbing up the pole. When I first looked at the poll I thought there was no way I could climb that. I started to doubt myself but I did it and realized it was a lot easier then I thought.
I will take so much away from today's experience but most of all I have learned that I can do it! I can put one foot in front of the other and get past those lingering doubts in my head.
Walking across what I am calling the bridge.. As you can see I almost fall off but I am able to right myself - calm down and regain my balance and then continue on my way. Which you can see in my next video,
Regaining my footing and making it across the bridge.
Making it across for the first time! The moment I conquered my fear!
Climbing the Pole for the first time! Its really high!
Elissa Malespina is the Middle School Teacher Librarian in Somerville and a Presenter, Author and much more. The views are my own. Find my full resume above.