I have experienced many obstacles in my life, but there’s that one obstacle that changed my life in a way I didn’t imagine. As a matter of fact I was not aware that such thing would present itself as an obstacle in my life but it did. In 2006 I joined the U.S. Army and was shipped off to Basic Combat Training. Just being there was a challenge on itself. During Basic Training we were taken to The Confidence Obstacle Course. At first I thought it was easy, run over logs, climb short walls, swing on ropes and a few other things that in reality were a lot of fun. And right before the end of the day the Drill Sergeants took us to the last obstacle. A 40 feet high tower with ropes going down to the ground and away from the tower. From the ground level it didn’t look that bad for me, but once I climbed on top and was told by my Drill Sergeant to slide down the rope head first I panicked. Until that day I was not aware of how afraid I was of heights. It took some time for me to gather the confidence I needed to slide down the rope and finally after some encouragement from my Drill Sergeant I did it. My fear of heights wasn’t just an obstacle that I needed to overcome to get through an actual obstacle course; it was the door to a whole new world of confidence, excitement and adventure.
As a result of this experience I gained a lot of confidence. So much that I wanted to reach for new heights every time I could. By the time my platoon went off to do the last obstacle course of Basic Training; a 60 feet high rappelling tower, I was not even close to afraid when I got to the top. I was actually looking forward to it. But this wasn’t enough for me. With every new height I reached the more confident I became. And I wanted more. So when I was done with Basic Training and went to Advance Individual Training I decided to sign up for Airborne School at Fort Benning, Georgia. Jumping out of a perfectly good plane was my next new height.
So much was my confidence at this point...
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