Friday, July 22, 2016

Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway

The late author, Susan Jeffers, once coined a phrase I never forgot.

She said in situations that paralyze us, we should "Feel the fear and do it anyway."

I am proud to say that on a trip this summer to Colorado, I put that phrase into action.

First of all, I'm petrified of escalators at airports and have ridden elevators for a long time. 

This trip, I took deep breaths, felt the fear and rode them anyway. Yippah!

The really BIG act of combating a fear of heights was to ride a gondola up a steep mountainside.

The huge compartments never stopped completely.

One had to step into and out of them while they were still slowly moving. 

 That, in itself, was a big challenge for me but I did it.

As the gondola moved along the cable, it occasionally jerked and scared the "geewillikers" out of me.

The shadows shown below are of the gondola we were riding!

While dangling several feel in the air, above tree tops, there is very little one can do to change one's mind about gondola riding.

In retrospect, riding the gondola was exciting. 

 The views were fabulous and I'm glad I did it.

Someone in our party said we could continue up the mountain via chair lifts.

To that suggestion, I said, "Uh uh."  

There was a limit to my bravery. 



Chatty Crone said...

Oh my goodness - you did it - we call that an incline - the gondola is in the water in Venice.... lol - i am proud of you.

You must do the thing you think you cannot do. Eleanor Roosevelt.

Lady Linda said...

Oh sweet friend, you make me laugh! Great blog post. Oh, I share you problems with these things. I had to do this at Wallowa Lake in OR once...get that word....once! I was terrified, but managed to do it for hubby and kids. Good for you!

Anonymous said...

Yup...3 times. Mt Holoke, Jiminy Peak , and Bousqet.....but that was when I was younger! Good for u Susie!

Terra said...

I am with you, gondola yes, chair lifts no. Years ago I rode a gondola up a mountain in Lebanon, and one in Turkey. I am not a big fan of heights.

Linda @ A La Carte said...

I have and with my children when they were young. I'm not sure how brave I am now as I get older!! Good for you!

Debbie said...

What a adventure!! I've never ridden one but I think I too could overcome my fear for a once in a lifetime adventure!

Alexis said...

Nice adventure there! Great start for preparing future actions!

Linda O'Connell said...

I recognize that fear of heights and elevators that jerk. But YOU DID IT! I'd probably fall on my face getting off.

rebecca said...

I actually have been in a chair lift. I understand the fear. I'm proud of you, Susan!

Red Rose Alley said...

Oh, aren't you cute in this picture.....and brave. :) I've never been too afraid of heights, but I don't like elevators much.



I always say look for the view. You found it. Glad you took the trip.

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