You know that feeling you get when you’re standing at the edge of a cliff and your hands get sweaty and tingly? Your heart races and your feet feel numb? I used to get that feeling a lot when I was at a height. Whether it was a tall building rooftop, or a rollercoaster. I always felt uneasy at heights. I wasn’t afraid, I was just uncomfortable. I suppose the thought of falling to my death crossed my mind many times whilst being at such great heights.
Just two days ago, I visited Dundas Peak. It is a place in Hamilton, Ontario which has a viewpoint of the city with really edgy cliff sides. It looks down to a forest of trees, but still a nerve-wracking sight for people who are afraid of heights.
I noticed that this time around I didn’t get that feeling. My feet never trembled, my hands didn’t get sweaty. In fact, it had been a while since I had felt that nervous. I sat at the edge of the cliff and watched the sun set behind the cloudy skies. I felt accomplished. It’s by facing ones fears that one truly gets over them.
Each of us must confront our own fears, must come face to face with them. How we handle our fears will determine where we go with the rest of our lives. To experience adventure or to be limited by the fear of it.
Judy Blume said the above statement and it completely resonates with me because I think to myself about all the things that I used to be afraid of, until I finally gave it a shot and realized, fear is merely a state of mind that can be altered. You just have to train yourself and over time, your body with respond accordingly.
Here are some of the pictures from my hike to Dundas Peak. Thanks to a few of my closest and dearest friends for taking most of these. You guys are precious.