Well, this is it! The final week before my participation in the Easter Seal's Drop Zone event! It is hard to believe that it has been almost a year since I decided to do this! I committed to it amongst other agents sitting around a banquet table at last years Century 21 Canadian Conference and I remember it seeming like no big deal at the time. Apparently the others did because I seem to be the only one doing it now!
It is a first for me in a couple of ways! It will be the first individual fundraising effort I have ever taken on. I mean I've helped with many other fundraising events but have never taken on an individual fundraising goal and participated as an individual in any event as major as this. I shouldn't say I'm doing the fundraising alone as I have had amazing support from all my family and business partner. Raising $1500 for a charity like Easter Seals, one that many have never heard about is not an easy task!
It will also be my first time repelling from any height, let alone an 18 story building in the middle of the city! I didn't think this was going to be such a big deal until last night. I went to the practice session at the Coyote Climbing Gym. The goal was for us to become familiar with the gear and learn the technique that will get us from the top to the bottom of the building. Well I have always joked that I'm not afraid of heights (and I'm really not) just afraid of falling. I mean I have been up the CN Tower and looked down without a problem. Logically this shouldn't be that much different, right? I mean they explained the triple redundant back up to assure our safety and promised that it was impossible for anything to go wrong. So up I went to the top of the 12 foot practice wall all suited up. They clipped me in and the moment of truth came where I had to lean out over the wall, butt first. I tell you, my mind was telling me that I was safe but my body wasn't listening! I was drenched in sweat by the time I got down to the bottom. It was the weirdest experience and I think I've lost the right to say I'm not afraid of heights! I'm sure it will be easier from 18 stories up, RIGHT?!