6,000 Feet Up, No Guard Rail
On the first Friday of our vacation to New Hampshire, we planned out a trip to the top of Mount Washington.
In case you are unfamiliar, it is the highest point on the east coast, topping out at just over 6,200 feet!
We each had sweatshirts on, despite it being 70 degrees at the base of the mountain; I had heard the weather can be quite unpredictable up there.
Well, on the drive up, the boys were both napping, which was good because it was one less thing for me to have to focus on. As we climbed up and up and up and passed the 3,000 foot elevation mark, the tree line disappeared.
What was left was no guard rail, no shoulder, a tight road and nothing but mountain. My palms began to sweat and I locked in, become hyper-aware of everything around me.
To be blunt, I was scared sh**less! The visions of plummeting to a fiery death were just that, visions. We obviously made it up and down and lived to tell about it.
Now, usually, I don’t let much get to me, I can control my breathing and thoughts to a good degree but when being ‘inches away from the edge’, my animal nervous system took over.
There were many lessons that I am going to write about from that drive up, but a takeaway point is this: yours and mine thoughts about future bad events aren’t real. The future does not exist, it’s just a part of our projected imagination. This means that all you fear is made up. ‘There is nothing to fear but fear itself’.
And if you don’t manage it, it can cripple your action taking.
Think differently - Kyle Newell
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