-by Nick Maya
I have a huge fear of heights.
It's not something I've had my entire life, but a fear I've developed as I've gotten older. I'm not sure what the technical term is, but I also have the opposite fear: being underground. When I heard I was to serve with the Cave Research Foundation helping to install cave gates I was worried.
Would I have to go into the cave?
Would my fear impede my ability to perform the work?
But, this whole year has been about trying new things and conquering fears so I decided to serve on the project. The gates were installed at the entrances of the caves so I was fortunate as my cave time was minimal. However, we were offered the opportunity to take a tour of the cave. I can proudly say that I crawled through this cave on my hands on knees in complete darkness.
While I haven't completely conquered my fear of being underground, I did at least for that day.