My first time: Rock climbing in Nairobi
There is no genuine happiness like doing something “you” have always wanted to do. This month to add another adventure to my list of “First-time adventures to try before I am 30”, I went rock climbing in Nairobi. Another activity that involves my biggest fear, height. Last month on my trip to “Malindi”, I nearly peed my pants on a kids’ Merry-go-round. But to my surprise, at rock climbing, I had with me the best instructor who did not only make me conquer my fear but inspired me to have a different perspective on my goals and on life.
I honestly had one of the best instructors. Patient, motivating and very kind. The first 2 times climbing up, I couldn’t get halfway to the obstacle. He kept assuring me that my fear of height is just in my head and I need to focus on conquering it and not give it my attention, whatever happens, he got me on the other end of the rope.
I had to breath in and breath out, take in his advice, not focus on getting all the way up but focus on simply reaching the next step. And before I knew it, I was climbing with a camera in my hand and taking pictures from above.
“It’s OKAY to be scared. Being scared means you’re about to do something really, really brave.” ― Mandy Hale,
I am a 5ft tall, 45kg girl with big dreams, the reason to why it is so important for me to embark on this journey of “First-time adventures to try before I am 30” is also to transform into a brand new woman by, doing things I fear, doing things I don’t know or do not like. If you follow me on LinkedIn or on Instagram, my description is “superwoman”. I want nothing more than to become that woman.
This is how powerful I felt after I went all the way up for the first time. I was so overwhelmed I just let myself go and felt the change within me. Relived the moment for a few seconds and went back up to have the time of my life.
Life lesson from a 24-year-old: Do something for the first time, do something you fear. There is truly no greater satisfaction than achieving something you thought you couldn’t.
The view from up was amazing, if you look closely at the picture below, you can see mountains at the far end. The sun slightly blurred it out.
Remember to have fun as you grow “young” and most importantly do it with the people you love.
The older you are, the younger you should feel. Thank you Palma!
Rock climbing in Nairobi: Blue Sky Kenya
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