Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb
A lot of my life has been controlled by my 2 biggest fears: water and heights. Back in 2016 I promised myself that I would do my hardest to beat this fear, and this a trip to Australia coming up felt that if I could do it there, I could do it anywhere. Before that trip it would more likely you’d see the Lock Ness monster than see me in the water, purely through an over active imagination and binge watching all the Jaws movies in one evening. During my trip I tried my best to get myself in the ocean everyday, swimming on reefs, in strong currents, deep and open water - you name it, I did it. I even stupidly got myself stuck in a rip on Bondi Beach yet still returned the next day so to not ruin all the progress I’d made.
Flash forward 3 years, and I’m still not the biggest fan of the water (I still get major sharkies) but I’ll happily paddle board, surf and go for the occasional summer evening swim. I’ve made major progress.
So, the next one to concur is my fear of heights. Now this one is a little more irrational, I actually suffer with horrible vertigo, something that I don’t think is helped by my terrible eye sight and trouble with depth perception this brings. I never really thought of heights as an issue until I decided it was a good idea to climb to the highest point of the Eiffel tower and froze, resulting in my friend having to carry me down. We also use to rock climb for activity days in secondary school, which again, I would freeze half way up the wall and need to be rescued.
Having seen how well I’ve done with such an irrational fear I thought I should try and kick this one and my wonderful idea of how to do this just happened to be doing the Sydney harbour bridge climb - I must be crazy. I was half convinced by my mum telling me that “all these terror attacks going on, they might stop you doing it one day!” (such a mum thing to say), and half convinced by the half bottle of wine I’d drank. However, I have now paid for and thus committed to doing this bridge climb, something I’d always wished I had the courage to do but I’ll probably either cry all the way up or freeze and be totally embarrassed.
Either way, wish me luck!