I did something today that I thought I’d never be able to do again. I took part in GoApe in Coventry. My body screamed “Don’t do it!”, my mind screamed “You’re crazy!” but this tiny part of me looked back at my scouting days and said…
“You’ve just got to try…”
I am overweight – that’s a given. “Plus Size” if you like but basically I am unfit and I don’t exercise unless you count pushing the accelerator pedal really hard in my Fiat 500. The last time I did anything remotely similar to GoApe was in my teens when I went to Explorer Scouts. (Yep, I was one of those kids.)
But when I got the opportunity to try out the new GoApe Coventry experience with my blogger pal Lizzie, I just had to give it a go – What was there to lose? I could just go, get ready and then chicken out and get myself an ice-cream and cheer on my friends from the ground. Right up until the last second, I was already planning my escape.
I don’t have a fear of heights at all… My worst fear was humiliation. Being the obviously unfit girl who got stuck halfway and had to be got down because she couldn’t do it anymore. I definitely did not expect what actually happened.
I only went and did it!
As much as my friends did, and more than some other people I saw around me doing, and other than the wonderfully attractive view of my bum that I put everyone through (sorry, not sorry), I didn’t worry one bit about the people around me! Completed the difficult short course, I jumped off “The Plummet” which is a free-fall drop, and I climbed and zip-lined down like the rest of them. Something I never thought my physical health would ever let me do again.
Back in Scouts, they never left you behind and quitting just wasn’t an option. They always pushed you because they knew that you’d feel worse having not done something than just doing it. I try to take a bit of that mentality into everything, become a bit of a “Yes” man and taking every opportunity that’s offered to me.
GoApe Coventry? Completed it mate.
I even managed to get to that ice-cream man before he closed for the day. Bonus. My hands are sore, my body is aching but my heart is soaring and I couldn’t actually be happier right now. Those three words are all that matter now…
I DID IT... and if I can do that, I can do anything.