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I didn’t think I was afraid of heights until we climbed this rickety old abandoned fire watchtower. Just seeing this tower instantly filled me with anxiety.
“We’re climbing…. that?”. Slowly but surely, step by step, while the trees were getting shorter and the car getting smaller, and the high winds swaying the rusted metal beneath my feet, eventually led me to the most beautiful 360 view I’d ever seen. And I like to think I’ve seen a lot of good views, but this was even better than the LA Cold War missle base view.
There was an enclosure at the top I almost felt safe to settle for and crab up in and hide behind the broken and graffitied windows, but there was a tiny ladder leading up top level where it was open, that the lady at the bottom said she avoided, where my friend (who had been known to be afraid of heights) had let go of all anxiety and was taking in the view.
“When am I going to do this again? We drove three hours and do I want this view to be seen through broken windows?” I thought to myself. As I tend to over identify with my thoughts and falsely think they are reality, I had to summon up the courage to move ahead.
So step by step I climbed as this rickety thing was swaying.
And yes, it was worth it.
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I view this in a spiritual sense because I have to let go and trust the mechanics and engineering of structure. It’s like a rollercoaster ride, the more you try to control and resist the situation, the less fun it is, and quite often, painful it is.
But if you can just let go and trust the machinery, it’s quite a thrilling experience. Much like life itself.