Today, I pushed myself out of my comfort zone. That seems to be a theme on this trip for me. I’m trying new foods, making new friendships, and learning so much history that I never took the chance to; so new knowledge. Today I pushed myself in a new way. I am extremely afraid of heights, and have been for as long as I can remember. On the way to Kakum National Park, I told myself that there was no way I would be walking across the canopy bridges. I saw pictures, heard all about it and even looked it up. I decided that this was one risk and one adventure that I would not be taking, and would be watching from afar. That all changed when I arrived at the park. Most of the group took a hike through the woods up to the canopy. I wanted to go along for the hike, so I joined along.
Before I knew it, I was at the top, where the canopy bridges were. Sadijah, Tori, and Mackenzie tried to persuade me to go across the bridge with them. “This is a once in a lifetime opportunity” They said. “You didn’t come this far not to go across the bridge.” I realized they were right. I did not hike up that high, and come all the way to Ghana to miss out on this experience. I took a leap of faith, and went across the canopy bridges! I didn’t take the short-cut, I walked the long way and enjoyed every moment of it. Looking around me and seeing my friends encouraging me the whole way. This moment for me was more than just going across a bridge; it was conquering my fear with the support of my sisters. I’m proud of myself, and would do it all over again.