This is not a long story but I wanted to share because I think too many people let their fear control their life.
Yesterday I had the chance to take someone up the Grouse Grind for the first time. Andrea, has been living in Vancouver for about 14 years and has never hiked up there before. She heard lots about it, took the gondola up a few times but was always afraid of hiking it. "Might be too hard, might not finish it, what if I can't catch my breath".... She finally decided that enough was enough and it was time to face her fear. We set up a date for it, July 6th was going to be our Grind day! No rain or anything else was going to get in our way.
Our goal was not to race up but enjoy ourselves and finish it in one piece. Really, all you need to do when it's your first time doing something outside your comfort zone is that, enjoy it! No need to add stress in the event! We started nice and slow and had a few good laughs along the way with other hikers. Everyone talks about the 1/4, 1/2 and 3/4 mark and try to describe them along the way. Funny how they are playing with their own mind. Andrea was looking strong and we were controlling her heart rate like a U.S border officer on the job!!! Things were good.
We were about 15minutes from the top and music was going to help for the final push. She put the ipod on and went for it. Next thing you know, we were done!! She had overcome something that she never thought she could do.
Thanks Andrea for letting me be part of this hike with you.
BE STRONGER THAN YOUR FEAR, go do something you are scared of, You might find out how easy it actually is and how great of a feeling it gives you.
I'm proud of you Andrea :)