It has been quite an adjustment settling back into life in Ottawa after having been at the top of Kili just two weeks ago. I have spent time reflecting on my trip and thinking about risk. This is a picture taken by Nelly soon after we climbed around “the kissing wall”. You can see the look of happiness on my face as this was a challenging section that required us to shuffle along a ledge around a rock wall.
My Kilimanjaro was my fear of heights and this was a really challenging section of the journey. To get through this section, I had to let go of control and allow Patrick to guide me. He told me where to put my feet and hands each step of the way. I really had to trust him and shut off negative thoughts and doubts. I knew that if I looked down I would have become stuck.
Working with a counsellor to face challenges often requires strong trust and letting go. When we are fearful, it is normal to want to cling to control and use tried and true coping strategies. However, to move forward often requires a willingness to embark on new patterns that take us out of our comfort zone and into the unknown. How does risk relate to your Kilimanjaro?