Going places is one of the perks of being a teacher. Some teachers might not agree with me though.
In my experience as a college teacher for 22 years, yes I did go to some beautiful places. I attended seminars, conferences, trainings, and assemblies for professional development. I saw scenic views and experienced new things on the side trips. Of course the side trips are always on the teacher’s personal expenses not the University anymore.
At times faculty researchers like me present our papers in those conferences. Like what I did in Bacolod (Philippines) two years ago. Side trips are always fun after the academic responsibilities!
I conquered my fear of heights in Bacolod (Philippines) by doing the zip line. The highest and longest zip line in the Philippines!
Never in my wildest dreams that I would do the zip line. But I did!!! Well, I had no choice really. All my companions were doing it. And once they reach the other side of the mountain, they will not be coming back to where I was anymore. What would you do if you were in my position?
Of course, I took the challenge.
Just like what I did when we explored the caves at Sagada, Mountain Province. (I will write about it on another post).
I thought was going to die!!! And I cannot go back. I was up there alone, in the middle of nowhere!!! My heart kept on pumping so loud. I can even hear its noise.
For those who have not tried zip line yet, once you decide to do it, here is my unsolicited 3-piece of advice. That is if you have fear of heights like me.
Rule number 1, “Keep Calm”. Don’t panic. Nobody can help you up there. Just think you will reach the other side after a while.
Rule 2, “Close Your Eyes” for a while just feel the winds….and the noise of your heart pumping so loud.
Rule 3, once calmed, “Slowly Open Your Eyes” and watch the beauty of the wilderness, your kingdom at that moment.
You will feel relax eventually, with the winds, the chirps of the birds, and the scorching heat of the sun, you will surely feel alive.
Do you think I followed my rule number 3? Your guess is as good as mine.