While the intent of the trip was to volunteer and help others, it turned out to be much, much more than that. What’s something you learned about yourself during this experience?
DAN: I can do anything that I put my mind to. There was a moment where I was about 150-feet in the air, on a vertical rock, with nobody else in sight. I barely had anything to stand on or hold on to. And as I was feeling the rock for somewhere to stand or grab, it seemed that there was nothing available. In this situation, there is no option other than just keep finding a way to move up.
Ultimately I found a very slight angle to put my foot and trusted that my foot would hold. Against my better judgment, I trusted the grip, made a step straight up, and made it to the next level. This is a great lesson for life as well. There are many times in life where it seems like there is nowhere to go next and would be best to stop. But when stopping is not an option and the only way is up, it becomes vital to take a risk and find a way to keep moving. This is especially true when on the side of a mountain!!
MATTHEW: I learned that opening up emotionally can be a very powerful force to grow. I’m a mostly introverted person and during the week seeing the participants being open and vulnerable to a large group helped me realize the power of community and friendship.