Things to Do

The Bandaners

Do you like to try new things? I do! Last semester, four of my friends and I decided to challenge ourselves and try something new at the Sports Center. To get ready for our grand challenge, we all piled into my friend’s car, went to Wal-mart, and bought bandanas to wear while we did our activities. We thought it would make us look more official.

Once we had all picked out our favorite colored bandanas, we headed back to campus to begin our challenge. We went to our rooms, changed, rolled and tied our bandanas on like headbands, and headed off together as if we were going to go be in the Olympics.

Our first order of business once we arrived at the sports center was to go rock climbing on the rock wall! Out of the five of us, only one of my friends actually knew what she was doing. This means she helped the rest of us put on our gear and tried her best to explain to us what to do. She went first to give us an example.

I went second, and boy, was I scared!  My friend hooked me up to the belay; I took a couple of deep breaths, said a quick prayer, and headed up. I stretched, pulled, and lifted myself up, praying the whole way. Finally, I reached the top and felt such a mixture of relief and excitement.

The third was Kelsey. We didn’t know how she would do since she lacked the desire to be athletic in her normal life. However, she shocked us all when she went straight to the top quickly and easily.

Ashley was the fourth one to climb. Being the athletic type, we expected her to do very well. She met all of our expectations—until it was time to come down. She refused to jump and let the belay bring her down. Ashley climbed back to us on the ground, which isn’t easy to do. We were laughing and trying to coax her to jump as if we were trying to get a cat out of a tree. It was definitely a priceless moment.

Once she made her way down, the final one to take the climb was VL. The wall was a breeze for her since she is a talented—and tall—athlete.

After only two walls, and feeling very accomplished with those, we decided we were done with rock climbing. Our next order of business was rollerblading.

We headed up to the second floor of the Sports Center to start our latter excursion. First, we all grabbed our safety gear and started to put it on. It sounded much easier than it was. After what felt like an eternity, we finally got all of our gear on. Second, we gathered to take a picture of us all looking as if we were heading into a roller derby. Third, after a plethora of pictures, we headed to the actual roller rink. We all skated, raced, and tried to do tricks. We, of course, took more pictures of that, and just goofed off, having a ton of fun.

That finally wore us out, so we took off our gear and headed back downstairs to the main area of the Sports Center. We told all about our fun little excursion to everyone down there. It was definitely a success!

So if you ever have an opportunity to do something new around PCC or even just at home, do it! If you’re scared, just remember Phil.4:13 “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” I urge you to take this challenge: Try one thing each day that scares you. You will be surprised to see how much you’ll grow!

The thoughts and opinions expressed in Life in the Nest are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Pensacola Christian College.
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