Tension releasing pole hugs
As soon as the Land Cruiser came to a halt at the venue for the high rope experience, anxiety ran high on the sight that greeted me. The four-cornered square ropes suspended on logs and zigzag bars hanged loosely. No one had the slightest idea of the team building exercise planned on that serene environment, surrounded by the green mountains with peeping brown rocks.
Without wasting time, Neels the gentleman in charge of the day’s activity described to us in detail the task for the day. The facial expression on the delegates’ faces after Neels’ explanation, read tension. This was when it dawned on me that indeed the challenge was to walk on the high ropes that were almost kissing the clear blue sky.
When the energetic, and playful Ghanaian ANLP participant named Prince, took the first courageous step on the challenge, a cascade of emotion set off. Some of the participants had an adrenaline rush, others panic attacks and for a few of them cried at the thought of their life flashed before them. When my turn reached, even the numbness on my fingers could not excuse me to surrender. I had to conquer this fear to achieve the goal of the exercise.