What's the challenge?
To go hiking.
What are you afraid of?
Not being comfortable surrounded by nature, bugs, animals and who knows what is in the woods. The unknown.
How was the experience?
I used to go hiking a lot back in Venezuela with my dad when I was a kid. As I was growing up I became more conscious about the surroundings and started to be afraid of it. On top of that, Venezuela has gotten very dangerous since then, adding the fear of getting robbed or kidnapped while hiking. This past weekend, I decided to face my fear and go hiking in the Catskills (Upstate NY). At the beginning, I was extremely aware of every sound, movement and living creature around us. As we got deeper into the woods I started to make peace with the fact that I was in the middle of nowhere and that I should embrace it and try to relax. So I did. That's when we came across the beautiful waterfall and I got to fully enjoy that moment. I then realized how much I missed nature by living in the city and how important it is for a person's life and balance. It also made me realize how much I miss my country and that I would love to go back someday and go hiking with my dad again. Oh well, that's a whole new fear; fear of not getting my country back from the hands of tyranny.