Hello friends! Today the campers at Camp Happy Heart got to go down a zipline. But…not everyone was thrilled with that idea. Join Sparkles as she confronts her anxiety about ziplining. Will she go down? Will she not? Find out here!
*ahem*, so that intro was fun. This photostory deals a bit with anxiety, which is a mental illness that many suffer with. Lately, I’ve felt the urge to talk about mental health through my blog. I realize that this is a sensitive topic, but my hope is that I can do it in an approachable way. I don’t think that depression and anxiety should be taboo topics, and even though my bears are young, young people still deal with things like anxiety. Anyway, with that, let’s get into the photostory.
I gulped when I saw the 10 foot drop from where I was standing. Even just being so high made me feel dizzy, so how was I supposed to slide down on a thin zipline?
Though the rope had proven thus far, it could give out on us at any second. I really hoped it wouldn’t give out on me or my friends.
“I’ll go first!” Claire boldly decided. I envied her fearlessness. I suppose for her it came naturally. She didn’t constantly have to worry about everything.
Once Claire was hooked up to the safety vest, she was off.
I bit my lip as Claire sped down the rope. Though logically I knew nothing would go wrong, I still couldn’t shake the anxious feelings away.
When Claire touched the ground, I allowed myself to breathe. I closed my eyes. She was safe.
“C’mon Sparkles! That was so much fun!” Claire shrieked. My stomach had other ideas. It twisted into a tight knot.
I gulped. “I can’t do it Cali,”
Cali gestured to the ground. “Look at that giant bouncy pad. Even if you were to fall, you’re perfectly safe. The counselors wouldn’t let anything happen to you.”
I glanced at the ground. Cali was right, but that didn’t make me feel any safer.
Before I knew it, Counselor Summer was fastening my safety vest. There was no backing out now.
“You’re safe Sparkles,” Summer reassured. Ha! I didn’t feel reassured.
Summer pushed me and I was off. I squeezed my eyes shut as my breath quickened.
And then it was over…
Relief rushed through me as my feet stood on solid ground. My heart still pounded from adrenaline, but I was alive.
Then it was Cali’s turn. She screamed in delight as she flew down the zipline while Claire and I cheered for her.
Soon, all three of us were safe, our zipline excursion over.
After ziplining, we made it back to the cabin. “Was that so bad now?” Claire asked.
I thought about it. “Yes and no. It was really scary and I thought I was going to die. But I didn’t die…”
“I guess I’m glad I did it. But I can’t say I want to do it again!” I wagged my fingers at Cali.
“Alright. Let’s go get some ice cream!” Cali grinned.
A faint memory of Counselor Peri promising ice cream to everyone who rode on the zipline entered my mind. “Yes, let’s.”