New River Gorge Bridge Catwalk: Making Dreams Come True

Ever since Bridge Catwalk became a reality, my favorite aunt has been determined to go on this trip. She speaks of it frequently and we, tentatively, had plans to do it this August.

Walking 876 feet above the New River Gorge

Three weeks ago, she suffered a mild stroke and was hospitalized for several days. Once she returned home and we spoke, the first thing she said to me was, “We are still going on the bridge.”

I agreed and the plans are set. Yes, she knows there is plenty of walking but she has this goal firmly set in her mind and who am I to disagree? I will happily oblige to make this happen.

She had her first home visit with her rehabilitation therapist to regain some strength in her muscles. She is like an athlete training for the Olympics. She has this goal in her mind and will do whatever it takes to see it through.

We always joke at ACE that the adrenaline rush of rafting and zip lining are adventures to check off your bucket list. This bucket list item, however, is very real to me now. I will do whatever it takes to make this happen. If my brother and I have to carry her down there we will. With her determination and stubbornness, I don’t think that will be necessary. She will get on that bridge.

My point is this: Don’t wait until the last minute to experience things. You may not get a second chance like my aunt did. Live in the moment and embrace whatever adventure is your dream. Second chances are few and far between and we are going to milk my aunt’s for everything it is worth.

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