A few weeks ago, my two-year-old daughter and I were walking through the mall in my country Uganda when she suddenly started crying, paralysed with the fear of falling. Her reflection in the polished tiles at the mall floor had created an illusion of a deep pit. I was faced with a surprising realisation that my little girl was afraid of heights. I refused to pick her up, and told her not to look at the floor, but keep her eyes on me as she walked. She cried through it, but she did it.
Today, I lived my daughter’s fears as well, though it was not an illusion of a deep pit but rather the ANLP High Ropes challenge. I felt as if I was dying several times over when I had only the ropes above to hold on to and the wobbly wooden planks to support me beneath. Then I heard one of the facilitator’s call out to me to look at him. Immediately it reminded me of my daughter’s experience at the mall. When I looked down my knees trembled, but when I focused on where I was going, I made progress. I cried through it, but I did it.
I learnt a very important lesson on trusting the support around me, and keeping my focus on the bigger picture, wisdom that I can relate to my personal life and career. I go back home a liberated woman, leaving my fears of height, mistrust and the intimidation of life here at Elgro River Lodge. I step out today, to be the leader I am meant to be, bold, courageous and hopeful.
- Esther Naluguza and Eunice Berko Nartey