Windsor Mountain Reflection
“Courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can't practice any other virtue consistently.”
Mountains can teach someone many lessons. When you go with a school that is intending for you to learn these lessons, you learn many and if you are a kid on that trip that is interesting and looking to learn those lessons, you will learn the most. That kid was me. My whole 8th grade class at the Fenn school went to Windsor Mountain in New Hampshire last week. I was terrified, I do not know why, but I am extremely scared of heights. I never thought I would do any of the high ropes. When it was my advisor group's turn at the high ropes, I still thought I would never go up on any of them. Everyone was ready, a few kids already on the ropes, I knew I had to go. I picked the Catwalk, the lowest one, which was high enough for me.
"Belay on," I said.
"On belay," the spotter said.
No going back now, one step, two step, I was up on the wooden log facing one of my biggest fears, heights. Slowly I made my way off the tree and into the open. Just like that I was holding on to nothing just walking on the wooden beam. I was so excited that when the spotter said," Wanna come down" I said, "No I am finishing." I walked to the end as if it was nothing. I made my way down with the spotter, "Off belay," I said.
"Belay off," the spotter said, and jus like that, I had finished and conquered one of my fears. The Windsor Mountain trip was mostly about facing your fears, trying new stuff, trusting your friends, and having fun. Some of the key lessons we learned were, teamwork is very important, listen to other peoples ideas and try being different roles in groups. I learned a lot of lessons on the trip, facing your fears is not a bad thing, it can definitely be a great thing. Sometimes you can not think to hard about things and you have to just do them. Windsor Mountain was a place to face your fears, and that meant a lot to me.