It rains so heavily, that I feel the water running down my body. I look around me and I see nothing but green fields. I want to find shelter from the rain, but...
This could be the beginning of a novel, but it's not. It's my experience of the induction program during my master's degree in the UK. We had to work as a team and successfully accomplish several outdoor tasks. As a person, I have always been a control freak leaving nothing to chance. So, trusting people I had just met was a huge challenge for me.
One of the tasks was to abseil down a steep cliff. Naturally, when it came out that I had acrophobia, I was the one assigned to that task. Oh my God!!! I was fasten securely by the instructor and I was given detailed information on how to proceed. In the beginning it was easy, even fun. Up to the point that I reached the edge of the cliff and had to jump over. No way!!! My breathing stopped. My hands were shaking so bad I couldn't hold the rope. I started climbing back up, when the instructor got in my way, grabbed my hands and said "I know you can do this".
All my colleagues were looking at me, shouting words of encouragement. It was the most embarrassing moment of my life. Even today I don't know what happened, but the next moment I remember I was abseiling down that cliff. When I reached the ground, I felt nothing. My mind was empty. My body couldn't stop shaking. In my colleagues' eyes I was very brave, in mine I was just too embarrassed to give up.
And this is the moment I realized the importance of being part of a team. No matter how good you are, the truth is there's a limit to what you can achieve on your own. To overcome yourself, you don't only need to have other people's trust and support, you mainly need to trust the others.