Mind Over Matter: FEAR NO LONGER
To know me is to know I LOVE to travel and I can fly on a plane most anywhere, but to ride a rollercoaster, climb a mountain or do anything too adventurous and high is a NO GO! And so the idea of doing the “Death Drop”, a swing from two trees on a mountain peak park in Turi, Cuenca scared the crap out of me. As a matter of fact, I had a panic attack the first time I tried. Literally, I was sooo afraid that I could not find the courage to go through with the ride. I left the park feeling a bit defeated! Yet again I’d let an opportunity pass me by because of my fears.
But as soon as I opened my eyes the next morning I knew my fear had to be overcame before I left Cuenca. Immediately, I made up my mind that I HAD to try the swing again and that this time my attempt would be successful! So here it was 6am and I texted my classmate Kenny, who’d proven himself to be a “Daredevil”, and requested that he attend the “Death Drop” with me later that evening. He agreed and so it was set! I knew that I had to get my mind ahead of my fears! I knew that I needed to overcome them and finally prove to myself that if I put my mind to something I can do it, even if I am afraid.
Shortly after, I called my Mommy! I asked her to pray with me that I would learn to put my mind over my matters and to ultimately overcome my fears! She prayed with me and gave me 2 Corinthians 10: 5 to meditate on. The scripture explained how we as Christians have to learn to take captive our thoughts and cast out those things that don’t align with God. With fear being one thing that doesn’t align, I knew that I had to take captive of it and make it my business to overcome.
While literally praying on and off the entire day I began to feel more and more confident that I would do the Death Drop! As time got closer and closer it seemed less and less likely that Kenny and I would make it! Time just seemed to get away, but at the last minute our professor finally convinced us to go even though the park may be closed.
Kenny and I hopped in a cab and flew across town. Once we arrived to the town of Turi we paid the driver and jumped out running. The time was nearing 7:20 and the park would be closing soon, if it hadn’t already. Low and behold as soon as we entered a young lady explained to us that it had already closed. But Kenny and I kept going! I began to pray that the Lord made it possible for me to to the “Death Drop”! I needed to combat my fear to face. We kept running up flights and flights of stairs to get to the highest peak of Turi where the swing was only to arrive and find the lights out. It was closed! A few people were scattered, but the ride was already locked. A bit disheartened, Kenny and I walked up to the people to inquire about the ride, but they too said it was closed. Then suddenly a man walked up and the lights were turned on and he agreed to allow the two of us to ride! WHAT? HOW? I can’t even explain how everything flowed it was so surreal!
So up we went, handed him our $2 each and then saw the beast! That deadly looking swing that caused me to lose my cool a day sooner stood just inches from me! My heart literally felt like it would come through my chest! I instantly took captive my thoughts! I repeated to myself “I can do this… I can do this!” I climbed in it and he strapped me in… again! I took control of my breathing and repeated to myself “Mind over matter, mind over matter!” as I asked the ride attendant to give me a moment!
And finally… he let it go!
The swing had to have went 100ft or so and back! I held on as tight as I could! I screamed as I released my fear! I cried tears of joy as I yelled “I did it Kenny!” I had officially overcame my fear! And guess what… it wasn’t as terrifying as I’d thought it would be!
So now I have more courage, more determination, and more inspiration to truly work to overcome the things that frighten me!
So my tip to you those of you who may be working to overcome your fears is to learn to put your mind over your matters! The mind is a very complex thing and many times we can be our own worse enemies by simply becoming captive to our thoughts and fears! By focusing and controlling your mind, you too can learn to overcome fearful thoughts. There is nothing you can’t do if you pray, focus, and put your “Mind Over Matter” just like I did!
Thank you Lord, Mommy, & Kenny!
By: Verinique D. Bailey “The V. in Virtue”
P.S. The “Mind Over Matter” Series will continue so be sure to be on the lookout! Thank you soooo much for your support!