I have always feared heights. I always went out of my way to not put myself in a position to face the fear. For the first ten years of my career I avoided The U.S. Army Airborne School in Ft. Benning, GA.
Everyday I went to work I saw these towers outside my office window everyday. They are a part of learning how to jump out of planes. The infamous Towers.
Intimidation is not even the right word for it. But by 2003 I knew that I was ready to go back to North Carolina. I spent over a decade away from my family and wanted to take my oldest daughter back there. What stood in my way? Airborne School. Fort Bragg, NC is the home of the Airborne and Special Forces Operations. Plainly put if you don’t jump out of planes then you are not going to this base. So in March 2003 I took the plunge and went to school. It was three of the most rewarding weeks of my career and I graduated in April.
For me wanting to get home to North Carolina had to take a detour through that school. That school helped me conquer a fear and put me in a position that changed my whole life. What if I never went to school? Then I would not have came home and met my wife. We would have never had our daughters. I may have not had the great career that I have had. I may had never had the opportunity to retire this year. So many great choices in life all centered on one. One choice to conquer a fear.