I now believe theres truth to what those wise men said. Were they from the East again? Whichever side they came from I can hereby confirm “where there is a will there is a way”. This is why;
All my life heights have never been my thing; Iv always avoided situations that involved heights; crossing a mere foot bridge was problem enough; especially if there is water underneath. Then Para Sailing happened.
Going through the menu of water sport activities in some little paradise somewhere in the Indian Ocean – Maldives to be precise – Yes!; the agent at the tour desk suggested we try Para Sailing. From the photos I could see it had something to do with heights and me, thankyou but no; jetski please!
I soon outgrew the jet ski fun and wanted to do something different, after all we were in the island for a week. I started garnering the hots for Parasailing and was like I mean why not?? This fun activity was up for grabs (thanks to sisterrRR!! ) and am really not known to let such opportunities slide. And with that I signed up. I was dying to try this new thing it was even impossible to sleep the night before; a mixture of excitement and anxiety. At that point Para Sailing was quite new to me i hadn’t heard or even researched on it. Basically its getting towed by a speedboat while hanging on a sort of parachute thing.
So next day we assemble at the hotel lobby and walk towards the area where we are to board the speed boat. The para sailing location is determined by the direction of the wind. A safety briefing is conducted which also involves instructions on the para sailing process. You may want to note while still in the mainland you sign a disclaimer; that the resort is not liable for any accident that may happen while out there. You can only hope the rope doesn’t get entangled; (oohhh the sharks would have a “field day”)or worse still a tsunami doesn’t happen. This is bittersweet fun; I thought. A mixed grill of excitement, anticipation, anxiety, confusion and a mind that shows you every other WRONG thing that could happen. I was quite paranoid;
But very DETERMINED!
We got strapped for safety and for believers like me, I mumbled a small equally paranoid prayer; You know the one that ends with “I pray my soul to keep??” Anyway you and your partner stand at the edge of the speed boat as the instructors do the final checks to ensure your well secured. You are then told to position yourself seated and they slowly start rolling the rope.
The ride is scheduled to last for 10 minutes and for maximum fun, they advise you not to look down. Slowly you go up and up and up and up;
Until the rope is in like a straight diagonal line.
I focussed on looking around the island and I must admit that panoramic view is quite breath-taking. I couldnt even take photos while up coz honestly this by then was the most daring height thing i ever did in my life. My hands were tightly gripped on the ropes! This was no cheap thrill. The speed boat is now full on. Let.the.fun.begin!!
Four minutes into the thrill and I looked down..I should have listened to the instructors warning because the dizziness that came with that i just couldnt stay up a minute longer. My heart was literally in my mouth! We had like a code while up there (which in this case was a cross armed sign) to communicate to the instructors on the speed boat if you wanted them to pull you down. I didn’t even need to signal them, my wailing was enough. The zig zagging of the speed boat down there; with us up here dangling on a piece of rope was too much to handle. So we were pulled down. Actually there was a couple with us that did not even leave the boat as the lady was totally unable to bear the height thing. Her partner together with my sister were however given a chance to enjoy their 10minutes without we the cowards. Atleast I made it to the maximum highest level and next time, am jumping out of a plane. Hello Sky Diving!
By the way this phrase “where there is a will theres a way”; was that really said by the wise men from the East??