This past Saturday, I jumped off a building.
Well, I gingerly stepped over the edge of one and then painstakingly lowered myself to the ground. But that still counts.
It has to be said that I am absolutely terrified of heights. I don’t even jump into pools let alone let myself get talked into hopping onto a roller coaster or anything else that makes me feel like I’m falling. These feet need to stay on the ground, y’all.
I’m really thankful to the Over the Edge team for being so calm and cool in trying to teach me the “ropes” and for helping me feel comfortable enough to face one of my biggest fears but I think the biggest shout out needs to go to my surprise friend, Miss Holly Gesell.
I met Holly by chance. I’d been brought to a little waiting area on the roof of the Orlando Health building with an entirely different group, but ventured ahead to peek through some doors and see what was happening outside. As I slipped out there I was greeted by Holly and a cute volunteer who told me there was actually an opening for another rappeller at that moment and that I should go down with her as her buddy! So I just hopped right up and had them hook me to my ropes. The rest is history and can be viewed below.
Again, one of the scariest things I’ve ever done, but man am I proud of myself for doing it. Try not to wince at how long it takes me to talk myself into descending … or how many times you may hear me cuss to myeslf under my breath.