Fear is something that you don’t want to face ever. Everyone has some or the other fear. For some, they decide to face it and for others fear take over their life. For me …I am scared of lizards and will always be. But that fear has never bothered me, I guess being a girl, I have all the rights to be scared of them….lol.
But there was one fear that took me a while to conquer, and I really wanted to get rid of it. Fear of heights. I have no exact reason for why heights bothered me. Though this fear was not to a great extent. I was scared of looking down, once at a great height. Maybe because all my childhood I was pampered, not allowed to go for amusement park rides with a tag of ‘you will fall’, my fear grew into a Monster. I wanted to get rid of it but had no reason to face it.
Solang valley, with nature at its best, gave me a reason but the trigger was my son. I never want to stop him from doing anything because of my fear or never want him to know that his mom is scared of doing anything adventurous. I wanted to show him that his mumma was brave enough to fight with this monster. And so I decided to fly at the height of 3000 ft. Yes!! Paragliding, to enjoy the scenic beauty of this place, striking off one fear of my life (which I always thought I cannot do).
We were supposed to use ropeway to reach a particular height to literally jump from. I had no other go but to trust my guide and my God. The fabric and elastic wires were laid behind me and I was fastened to the harness. All set, I had to run before I could jump from the hill of the Solang to the sky. This was tough but with closed eyes, I managed this with my guide.
I opened my eyes to see the blue sky, mountains covered with snow, slopes of pine trees. Beas river appeared to me like a white satin cloth moving in the air. The sound of the wind was a music as the paraglide moved to and fro. This flight lasted for some fifteen minutes but felt of few seconds. It gave an adrenaline rush but a memorable experience that made me stronger before I landed. It felt as if I was capable of doing anything now. The beauty of the place took away all my fear.
I wished my son saw me landing, but he was all asleep on his dad’s lap who was babysitting while I was fighting my fears.
While sitting back in the hotel room and my son lying next to me …I smiled and made a plan to fight another monster…another fear …fear of driving. Yes!! I am on it…See me on my new bike soon 🙂