All the Ways to Be Strong and Brave, a guest post by Laurie Morrison

When I was in seventh grade, my class went on an outdoor education trip. We stayed in cabins and did lots of group bonding activities, and the centerpiece of the trip—the thing everyone else seemed most excited about—was a high ropes course.

I was not excited about the high ropes course.

It had wobbly bridges, towering ladders, and a zipline, all of which were—not surprisingly—very, very high above the ground. We had to take turns strapping on harnesses, clipping on ropes, and then traversing the whole thing as our classmates cheered us on from below. I was terrified that I wouldn’t make it across.