Moving forward in life is sometimes a shaky experience, like crossing a swaying bridge. Over coffee in a rural town recently, I noted this piece of art. My mother said she’d never walk across something like this but I believe she has more courage than she knows as she passed a good dose on to me!
The daredevil in me would love to see the views but I know my knuckles would be white gripping the side ropes. Vertigo makes my head swim, my heart race and the blood pound through my veins!
Recently I’ve had to face some harsh realities about how I approach life. I’d sort of forgotten the essence of courage – to face my fear and do it anyway.
In 2013 I walked around a mountain in Northern Thailand with sections sporting less space to the edge of the narrow path with its rickety fence-cum-barrier than there is on the swinging rope bridge! Knowing the effects of vertigo, I knew I was in trouble the moment I found myself on my own! My husband thought I had turned back and he had gone ahead with his mate! I always prefer to go forward so retracing my steps, once I was on my own, wasn’t an option. I didn’t know the path around the mountain was so long! I kept my back touching the rocky wall and inched my way along, glancing out and up, not down, at least not until I had a bit of courage.
I have a few photos to prove it.
I know I took a long time. Our hosts sent a Thai helper up to find me! By that time I was heading down the steps towards the base.
Yes, I’d made it!
Courage comes in all shapes and sizes. This was so real for me – just like in real life. Hey! It was real life!
Fear of Writing
Fear of writing cringe worthy material is a writer’s bane, and often a reality! With drafts and redrafts of novels, poems and short stories, one can only hope to accomplish a publishable manuscript. It takes courage to put pen to paper, or fingers to the keyboard. Simply DOING is one step that accomplishes so much!
According to Merriam Webster courage is the mental or moral strength to venture, persevere, and withstand danger, fear, or difficulty.
This is a timely reminder, probably to myself, and if it resonates with you, to take courage. Walk on and just do whatever it takes – one step after another. One word after another.
“But as long as your courage holds out you may as well go right ahead making a fool of yourself. All brave men are fools.” — Robert Frost 17 Apr. 1915, in Selected Letters of Robert Frost, 1964.