Wanderlust Diaries: Conquering Heights in Chile

Santiago Chile

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Happy Monday! To start the week off right, here is a long overdue pictorial of my trip to Chile. I have so many pictures but I have limited it to these image to capture the essence and feel of Santiago and Valparaiso.

The country is beautiful and interesting, and I look forward to visiting again. But this trip was special to me because during this trip I conquered one of my greatest fears… heights. And what better place to do that. Read more on that below.

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For most people it will come as a complete shock that I had a great fear of heights. I hate balconies, bridges, towers. People think because I travel and fly all the time, that this could never actually be a real fear but it is. For years I avoided all these situations. Until I came to Chile.

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We decided to visit the Saint Lucia Hill and check out the different levels of the fort that is built on the hill. As we walked around, I never noticed that we we were steadily climbing to an insane altitude. I just enjoyed the architecture and the weather and then out of nowhere, we reached a staircase. We decided to check it out and at the top, I realized when I was eye to eye with the tallest buildings of downtown Santiago that I had reached an amazing height. And I hadn’t had a meltdown. I was pretty proud of myself. But then I noticed that there was one more tiny staircase to the highest tower.

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I started to feel anxious and waited for a while. There I contemplated staying where I was or just taking the last few steps to really conquer my fear of heights. I weighed my options for about 5 minutes. That was when I realized, I had no idea why I was actually afraid. What was it about heights that scared me?

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It dawned on me that I wasn’t afraid of heights. I was actually afraid of falling down from such a height, that death was certain. My mind started to grind. This is what has been keeping me from enjoying balconies, rooftops, skydiving?? This irrational fear that I might fall and never get up…

I decided then and there that I wasn’t going to succumb to being a prisoner of fear. I was going to climb and move on to the next level, enjoy it and not worry about falling. And so I did. And the view was marvelous.

Santiago Chile

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