OVER THE EDGE!
20 STORIES UP... OR... DOWN... DEPENDING ON HOW YOU LOOK AT IT
I stood with my heels hanging off the ledge of a downtown skyscraper, heart beating through my chest, mouth dry, muscles weak, and then I went backwards over the edge.
Glad that's over!
It was a fundraiser for Special Olympics Wisconsin. We got about a 20 minute tutorial and trial run on a small landing. With that minimal training, I rappelled down the Hilton Milwaukee City Center like those guys at the end of the Blues Brothers.
Okay... didn't look quite like that. A bit herky jerky, and more walking than rappelling... but I made it.
I admit to mental cheating. Once at the top, I didn't allow myself to look around too much. I didn't stop to really take in the view. The guy said, "We can go whenever you're ready."
"Ready," was my prompt reply.
I think that's true with most things in life. Don't stand there too long thinking about it. When you're ready... you're ready. Let's go.
So I went.
Toughest part of the experience was trying to mentally override what my body naturally wanted to do. I mean... I'm balanced on the ledge of a skyscraper. Body is trying to clamor to safety... brain is saying, "It's okay... lean back a little bit."
Once I got past that, down I went. The major physical challenges were in the abs, hands, and back.
Special Olympics likes this "Over the Edge" fundraiser. My guys there say it's analogous to the challenges Special Olympians face when they compete. They have to overcome their fears or nerves, and in many cases physical obstacles.
I get it. The analogy works... for a moment.
I probably give more time to Special Olympics than any other charitable effort. I've met so many athletes and their families. I always enjoy being with them. With respect to them... here's why the analogy is only a loose one. When I got done with my "challenge" I walked to my car, drove home, and went on to my life of relative ease.
Special Olympians and their families deal with a myriad of challenges that are with them every minute of ever hour of every day of their lives. They can't leave those challenges behind... ever. It's why I'm so inspired by their lives and why I support Special Olympics. If you'd like to as well... click here /www.specialolympicswisconsin.org/ for more information.
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