Fear, Trust, Belief and Pressure: Understanding them helped me climb my way to success!

Finally! I was at Tribune Bay Outdoor Education Camp.  I felt like it was never going to happen.  But it was so much fun! Rock climbing, repelling, paddle boarding, Giant’s Ladder, Leap of Faith, Possum Log, Burma Bridge, and kayaking. By the end of the trip I didn’t want to leave.

There I was standing 30 feet in the air.  Everyone on the ground looked so small.  They were all telling me I could do it.  The other tree looked so far away.  “One step at a time” they said, “Only 17 steps”.  I was letting it all get to my head. I didn’t think I could do it.  But then one step at a time I got off the platform; my legs were shaking like crazy.  Slowly with my arms out on either side of me I started walking.  I was walking on a log.  About a quarter of the way there I found a different strategy, I started doing small side steps.  I found that a little more comfortable.  It seemed like forever before I made it to the tree.  The tree’s name was Doug, short for Douglas Fir.  We were suppose to give ‘Doug a hug’ when we made it across, so I gave him a big hug but I didn’t want to let go!  After a few seconds, I sat on the log.  Still 30 feet up in the air, I scooched my way back to the middle.  One of my hands was still on Doug, not wanting to let go.  Finally my hands both came in front of me touching the log.  I had to lay on my stomach, with my hands and my legs wrapped around the log.  Slowly I flipped upside down and then I let go with one of my hands and waved to all the little people below.  Then quickly put my hand back on the log.  I let go with my legs first, then my arms and I was slowly lowered by the safety ropes.  My feet touched the ground and I bounced around a little, then I got out of the harness.  In the end I was really happy I did it.  I had overcome the fear that initially got to my head.

In that little story, it shows how fast fear can get to your head and make you lose confidence in your abilities.  For me, a key factor in overcoming the fear was to tell myself to trust the leader who was holding the safety ropes.  I convinced myself, there was no way I could fall.  You also have to tell yourself that “you can do it”, and “it’s not that far.” Once you let fear get to your head you lose your confidence.  That’s why you can’t let the fear of failing (or falling) stop you, you must trust those you depend on (leaders, teammates) and you must believe in yourself.  Once you do that it’s also a good I idea to get on with it quickly before you change your mind!

When I was on the leap of faith I didn’t want to let it get to my head, so I just did it really fast. At the top I got a little nervous for a few seconds but I had to remind myself to trust my leader and the other kids holding the rope and that there was no way I could fall.  Once I did, I got on the top and jumped.  I ended up doing the whole pole in about one minute, and after that I went again and did it in shorter time.

Last year I didn’t do these things because I let the fear get to my head.  I wasn’t trusting the leader and I did not believe in myself.  At the time, I didn’t even realize I didn’t trust the leader, I just never really thought about it.  The fear had taken full control of my head!

Another thing that’s always really good and important to remember about trust when you’re climbing, is to not only trust the person or people that are supporting your safety ropes but also to trust yourself.  Trusting yourself and in your abilities is the key to believing in yourself.  If you don’t trust yourself or the person holding you, it will be almost impossible for you to climb or jump because of the fear of falling.  It’s crazy to think that your mind can prevent you from succeeding by not allowing your body to try.

Even after overcoming the fear of falling and I still noticed a lot of pressure.  When I was on the ‘Giant’s Ladder’, I really felt the pressure of getting up there.  Getting onto the first two or three ladders I think is where the most pressure was.  We were all really good at ACE (A= Accept all levels of ability, C= Challenge by choice and E= Encouragement), but I still felt the pressure when I was climbing.  I find no matter what you are doing, especially when you are climbing, it seems like there will always be some pressure.  But I came to realize that a little pressure can be good, since it drives you to do your best and sometimes it helps us achieve heights we didn’t know we were capable of.  So pressure can be good as along as you don’t let it get to you by turning into fear.

Even though I experienced all those weird, scary, exciting, and challenging feelings, I’m really glad that I went to camp and I’m very happy and proud that I was able to do all the activities and complete them (with encouragement).  I learned how to control these feelings and that led to a fantastic camp experience.

ABC’s About Me!

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HEY BLOGGERS! Sorry I haven’t posted anything in a while. Part of the reason that I haven’t posted anything is because I have been in Hawaii, which I’ll be writing about in my next post. Thanks for coming back. Today’s post is going to be a little different. Today I’m going to be writing about things I like, but in the alphabet, keep reading and you’ll see what I mean…

I like apples, but bananas are my favorite food.  I want to be a counselor when I am older. I can find words in the dictionary.  My friends call me ‘over excited Kassidy’ (OEK).  I am terrible at French.  I hate gory and horror movies!  All my friends and family are very important to me.  I use to make jewelry with my friend Olivia. My name is Kassidy but people call me Krash.  Two of my best friends are Livea and Mary.  I love nachos, they are also one of my favorite foods. I’ve heard that people consider me outgoing. I like taking pictures of quirky things.  I hate reading extremely long novels. I know sign language. I have two favorite activities which are soccer and theater.  When I am older I plan on going to a University.  I really love vintage things. I’m not very good at whistling.  I have had many X-rays.  I really flip over for mashed potatoes and cooked vegetables, they are really yummy. I’ve never been to a zoo, but I would really like to go someday! :D♥

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Christmas!

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Hi guys i’m so so happy that you came back because you will not want to miss this post, because it’s about christmas!  I don’t know about you guys, but i’m personally a really big christmas fan. I love, and I mean love, christmas.  It’s my favorite time of year I love driving down the streets and looking at all the lights on all the houses.  I love the excitement of christmas morning, going down stairs and opening up all the presents.  I also really love christmas cookies; gingerbread cookies, sugar cookies although shortbread cookies are my favorite christmas cookies. I love decorating them with icing and candy decorations. Another thing I love is christmas shopping.  I love getting to go to all my favorite stores and buy gifts for my family and friends.  But I think my FAVORITE thing about christmas and winter is the snow. Since I live in the comox valley, whenever it snows everyone immediately gets excited.  I love love love snow! Yesterday we had our first snow fall, we didn’t get a lot, but just enough to cover the ground so it looks like there’s lots of snow.  Only 18 days until christmas!!!

Thanks for coming to my blog, if you want to come check out your blog comment on my post and tell me what you love about christmas.

~Kassidy♥

I survived the zombie attack!

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A couple nights ago there was a zombie attack!  The zombies killed my neighbors, but they couldn’t get me or my family because we were prepared for them. Even though we didn’t think it was actually ever going to happen, we were still prepared for them. My family and I are prepared for any disaster that might happen. Anyway, I’ll tell you what happened.

Two nights ago, at 3:00 am I was sleeping, until I heard  **bang-bang-bang!**  I was so scared. Then I heard, “Ahrahrahr!”. I was almost paralyzed.

The noise was coming from downstairs so I snuck across the hall to my parents room. I woke them up and I told them that I heard a noise coming from downstairs.  They didn’t hear it so they said, “It was probably just the wind.”

Of course that’s what they said! They’re parents. So I decided to go see who or what it was myself.  My best friends Livea and Jessica were staying over that night. Before I went downstairs, I went back into my room woke, them up, and explained everything that has happened so far. They agreed that we should go check it out. So we each got a flashlight and went downstairs into the kitchen.  

**BANG-BANG**!!! It was coming from the front door that was about 20 meters away from us!

“Ahrahrahr!”

My friends and I were paralyzed.hen we heard a scream coming from outside on the road. We looked out the kitchen window to see what it was…people getting attacked by zombies!  My friends and I didn’t know what to do but scream, then **BANG!**  A zombie broke through the door.  

My parents came running downstairs wondering what had happened.  Then my parents see the zombie, while we all screamed and ran back  upstairs into my parents’ bedroom. We thought about what we should do.

Then Livea remembered about the emergency kit I was showing her last night in my bedroom. The emergency kit had everything we needed for any kind of emergency in it, including zombie attacks.  So we all snuck back across the hall into my room and I got out of my drawer my emergency kit.  I took out a mini fan and baking soda.  We went out in the hall and saw two zombies going through the fridge!  

We walked down the stairs quietly, but then my dad stepped on a squeaky part in the stairs. The zombies quickly turned their heads and looked right at us. They started walking right towards us! We quickly threw the baking soda at them and put the fan on to make the baking soda surround them.  Then the zombies turned into sand!

We went into the kitchen and got five bigger fans and lots of baking soda.  We all took a big fan and a big bowl full of baking soda and we around outside and turned all the zombies into sand. Luckily the zombies were only in our neighborhood and no one died physically from the zombies, but one guy died of a heart attack just from seen them.  

After we were done killing all of them we went back to our house and got into our bed.  We woke up in the morning at 9:00 am with a **knock-knock-knock**, which kind of scared us at first but then we remembered we killed all the zombies. Jessica, Livea and I went and answered the front door.

There were two men:he man on the left said “Hello, are you Kassidy, Livea, Jessica, Isabella, and James?

I replied, “Yes we are.” Then I called my parents down. “Mom, dad”, they came down a few seconds later.

Then the man on the right said, “Hi, I am Jared and this is Bill. We are from Rewards.com.” I looked at Jessica who was on the left of me then Livea who was on the right of me in excitement. Then Bill continued, “We have being notified that you five had killed all the zombies that had attacked this neighborhood last night.  Is that correct?”

My dad replied “Yes, we killed them all with big fans and baking soda.”  

Jared said, “Oh well, how wonderful…Anyway, since you have saved so many lives, Rewards.com wants to thank you with gift of $500,0000 each.”  

We all got so excited.  We accepted all the money and put it towards bringing the guy that had a heart attack back to life. We also put it towards buying more safety equipment for our houses and the rest of the town . The rest we spent shopping and put it towards a charity or two each.  

Thanks guys for reading my experience with zombies. I hope you liked it and will get inspired by it.  Also I hope you get safety equipment for your house so the same thing that happened to me doesn’t happen to you. Please comment because I would love to come check out your blog.

~Kassidy♥

How long can you hold your breath for?

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Hello people that are reading this right now!

I am so glad you came back again because today I’m going to be telling you about the project my class did.

About a week ago we finished a project called “The Data Analysis Project.”  Our class split into about 6 different groups and each group came up with there own project. There was a group that did “How many squats can you do in one minute?”  And a a group that did “How many times can you type November in one minute?” Another one was “When you dab whats the length from your finger tips to your elbow?”   And a few other different ones.  My group did “How long can you hold your breath for?” After the experiment we had to organize our data.

Equipment:

Timers on ipads and obviously people!

Procedure:

We started the timer at 0:00 then counted down from three. When we reached 0 seconds the person would start holding onto their breath and we would start the timer. As soon as they took a breath we would stop the timer and see how long they held it!

Control Standards:

The person we are experimenting on must plug their nose and cover there mouth  while the timer goes. The timer always has to start at 0 seconds.

Predictions:

I think that nobody will get past 1:15 at the maximum. I predict I will get around 30 seconds.

Our Data:

15, 20, 22, 25, 27, 28 , 32, 33, 33, 37, 37, 40, 40, 41, 41, 43, 48, 48, 53, 54, 58, 61

Mean: 38

Median: 38.5

Mode: 33, 37, 40, 41, 48

Range: 46

Analysis of Data:

Outliers: There are no outliers.

Measure of Central Tendency: I’d say the best measure of central tendency for this data set is the mean because it shows the average of the data.

Conclusion:

I ended up being able to hold my breath for 54 seconds. And our highest time was one minute and one second! So that was pretty accurate compared to my prediction.  My predictions tell me that my class mates most of them can hold there breath for a really long time.

Thanks for coming and reading this post I hope you will comment so I can come check out your blog. By the way earlier on I posted a post on the white caps games that I went to, and I didn’t finish writing it. I did say the end will be coming, and yes it still is.

~Kassidy♥

Natural Disasters

Hello Everyone!

Its great to have you back because today i’m going to be talking about Natural Disasters.  My class and I had being learning about them for about the past week.  If there was a natural disaster what are three things that you would do? For me, one, I would have an emergency kit made in advance. Since natural disasters are sudden and without any notice, you need to make them ahead of time. Two, I would plan an escape route.  You need to make a few escape routes in case one or two exits are blocked off and you can’t exit through them.  Three, I would know the risks.  Knowing the risks is very important, because it prevents you from running into trouble.  Reply in the comments what you would do.  I hope to hear from you!

~Kassidy♥

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What is home? Home is where you feel safe, it’s where you can be free with a few rules. Sometimes it’s in a forest or on a street. Home to me is not not only where I live it’s on the soccer field or sometimes its at my theater studio. I feel secure when i’m at theater, on stage, signing, dancing, acting! I also like being on the soccer field I love being able to be with my friends and being on the field and getting active. What is home to you?

Whitecaps Game in Vancouver

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Hello Bloggers,
Good to see your here again!
I am super happy you came back because today I’m posting about my trip with my soccer team to Vancouver. Yes, I am posting, my first post. If you read the About Me page on my blog, you would know that I’m on the competitive girls team.

A few weeks ago my soccer team and I went down to Vancouver for a day trip to the Whitecaps game. You may be wondering who the Whitecaps are. They are a professional soccer team that play in the MLS ( Major League Soccer). But it’s only in North America. We drove down to Nanaimo to catch a ferry. It was a hour and half long, and including loading and unloading it was two hours. On the ferry my team and I walked around and went to the café and to the store.

When we arrived at Horseshoe Bay we got on a bus that took us to Vancouver. On the whole bus ride there, my team and I were singing a hole bunch of different songs as loud as we could. When we got to the stadium we didn’t go in right away. At 1:00 a bunch of different games/events opened in the courtyard in front of the stadium, and there was even a live band. We played a fun, mini, different, kind of version, of soccer where we have harnesses on and are on the same line as one other person, so we have to decide together which way to go to get the ball. It’s kind of hard to explain so feel free to ask questions in the comments. We also got our faces painted, the design choices were really cool.

After that some volunteers had insta cameras and took some photos of my team and I. There were also some other events and games but I didn’t do them so I don’t remember what they were.
Then after a little while of doing all those games we took a fairly long walk down the streets of Vancouver. We met a group called the southsiders, then after about ten minutes of waiting the southsiders started marching down the street singing a few different songs about the Whitecaps. We followed behind signing and cheering all the way back to the stadium. Right when we got back we got in line to meet a Whitecaps player. I got a picture and an autograph. I got my autograph on my ipod but it rubbed off. Then after we all met the Whitecaps player, we started to head into the stadium.
~Kassidy∞