I went into the course with a bit of a bad attitude, thinking it wouldn’t challenge me and that I’d be held back by others in my watch. Over the duration of the course, I learnt that there are more benefits to working as a team rather than an individual. I learned to be patient and tried to help others out a lot more.
The true test for me was during the high ropes. I had become close friends with one of my watch mates and we were both confident with heights. He wanted to do the hardest version of high ropes, I decided I was going to do it with him. I got about two thirds through the course when I reached the part I knew would be challenging. I froze. It was only through taking a deep breath and listening to the cheers of support coming from my watch mates that pushed me through the remainder of the course. When I reached the ground, the support worker who had assisted me with unclipping and re-clipping my equipment along the course, admitted he thought it would be tough for me and was proud I had finished it.
(High ropes) was the highlight of my OB experience, pushing me to my absolute edge and beyond what I thought I could achieve. The high ropes nearly broke me, which I did not believe Outward Bound could do. But I pushed through.