The Next Time You're Ready To Quit, Remember This
By Sophia Hatzis | Digital Content Producer
If you’re trying something new, you’re probably not going to be great at it straight away. If you’ve only just started hiking, it’s going to take time, practice, and commitment to do something like climb Mount Kilimanjaro. To achieve that Big Hairy Audacious Goal, you're going to have to feel discomfort. You're going to be physically and mentally challenged.
At some point, when you're training for an adventure or for a goal, you're probably going to want to quit. Your muscles are screaming. Your body is aching. You're sore. You're tired. You start telling yourself it's all too hard. Maybe you're scared because the first time you tried, you failed.
The next time you're ready to quit, remember Emily Lecky's story. The Wild Woman who fell from a trapeze, but got back up there again.
How did you get out of your comfort zone?
I tried something new and re-tried something that I was scared of and had previously failed at. I train as an aerialist, the hanging from the roof stuff you might have seen the last time the circus was in town.
I realised I was getting in the habit of just doing and re-doing the things I know well. I decided to break that pattern and try something I’m not very good at, the trapeze! Not only did I have to surrender to being a beginner again, but there’s also nothing ‘comfortable’ about trapeze rope burns on the inner thigh!
There’s one drop on the silks which I find extra scary. In a lot of drops you rely on a knot to catch you when you let go. But in this drop there is no knot. You just rely on your strength and timing. A little while ago I missed the drop and fell. I'd been avoiding training for this drop ever since. It was a challenge for me to accept that mistake and try again. I didn’t fall this time!
Why was getting out of your comfort zone so rewarding?
The comfort zone challenge happened right when I was sitting my final exams at uni and when I was going on a new job placement in a new city. Being able to do these small things outside my comfort zone reminded me how much I’m capable of and it made me more confident to take on the bigger challenges to come.
Have you continued this tradition of getting out of your comfort zone? If so, how?
Yes, I've wanted to take dance lessons for a long time now. But I was always self-conscious, thinking maybe I was too old to start or that I wouldn’t be graceful enough. About a week ago, I finally went to a ballet class. I don’t think I’ll be taking the stage in a tutu or making prima ballerina anytime soon, but it was a great challenge and I’ll be going back next week.
What’s the next adventure you have planned?
My mum has just re-started training with the goal of doing a multi-day hike with me next year. With so many great places around the world we just haven’t been able to decide where to go yet!
What do you love about being a Wild Woman?
I love that the Wild Woman community is about uplifting and supporting each other and celebrating each other’s successes and hard work. The world needs so much more of that. Seeing all the achievements of the inspiring women in the community gives me a boost of motivation to lace up my walking shoes and live life to the fullest. There’s also nothing better than that feeling of satisfaction when you’re a little sweaty, a little muddy, and exhausted, but you’re tucking in to a well-earned snack, looking out at a beautiful view.