Look up, look way up. See that tiny spec of a man in the top left hand corner of the above picture, well, that’s me. Yup. For a few short minutes I left my computer to climb 30-storeys only to rappel down those same 30-storeys a few moments later.
Why, oh why would someone do that, you ask? Good question. I did it because I’ve always wanted to do to the Easter Seals Drop Zone and today was my chance. Luckily I wasn’t alone, throughout the day, more than 140 “superheroes” soared above the Calgary skyline, raising more than $150,000 in the process!
But as I mentioned, I wasn’t the only one. While I just wore my Super Mario Brother’s Invisible T-Shirt, some other people went all out and dressed as the true Superheroes that they are.
I don’t know who this lady is, but I love her face because it essentially sums up how I feel about the whole experience, which was amazing for so many reasons. It felt wonderful to sign up and know that I was challenging myself to something so, well, scary. It was also great to learn more about Easter Seals and then getting to tell people about all the great work that the organization does. I was relieved when I reached my goal of raising $1500, in fact, I ended up raising much more than that. The generosity of people that I know and don’t know never ceases to amaze me. And then there is the rappel itself. While I have photos, videos and Tweets to remember it, I know it’s something I’ll never forget. I felt so supported with both my friends at the bottom and the amazing team up top. But somewhere around the 20th floor, I was alone. I couldn’t hear anyone. It was just me. I was in charge of the next few minutes and it was exhilarating. I was talking to myself, I was pushing myself and at the same time I was lowering myself, although I never felt higher.
This is an event that takes place every year, all across the country and for me, it will always mean something more than just saying that I rappelled down a building. I faced a challenge, but I didn’t do it alone. And it was not a selfish challenge, the money everyone raised will change people’s lives. Such an opportunity doesn’t take place a lot, so when it does, seek it and do it. You will only be better for it and that’s more important than anything.