It’s amazing how laughter and a sense of fun can reduce anxiety or fear in a matter of moments. These guys were masters at putting people at their ease. They made the seemingly impossible sound like an adventure.
As I stood on the first platform with a single steel rope between me and the next platform it took all of my strength and courage to step out and walk across the rope. It didn't get any easier. Each new challenge came with a fresh call for courage, but to hear the shouts of my grandsons, "Good on you grandma" was such joy that I will treasure the memory forever.
And what a view from the top! Seeing the zoo from above was fascinating and when someone below heard by grandson's shouts of encouragement I heard someone say, "Oh looks there's a grandma up there." Read embarrassed and chuffed!
Then there was the spectacular view of Sydney Harbour shimmered in its summer glory.
I learnt a lot that day. I learnt that I wasn’t too old to try something new, to get out of my comfort zone and do something scary. I learnt that the reward for facing my fears was exhilaration and freedom and a deep-seated awareness that often the only barriers are the ones I put on myself.
I learnt that courage, like faith, only grows when its tested.
And I learnt that we all have the opportunity every day to encourage and spur each other on … to reassure … to challenge, and to help each other achieve what seems impossible ... to help awaken someone to the possibilities within them.