This summer Vela Adventures put together a team of women to participate in a local mud run and obstacle course. At one point during the run participants were challenged to climb a vertical rope ladder that was a good 25-foot climb. When our team reached this obstacle there was a traffic jam of runners as two women were having a hard time reaching the top and climbing over. One was visibly shaking from a fear of heights and the other was physically challenged by the climb. As these two women each took on their physical and mental fears, more and more women stood below waiting their turn.
As both of these women reached the top cheers and applause broke out among the now 60-plus racers gathered below. A mob of support and encouragement buoyed these two women as they gathered their courage and accomplished this daunting feat.
As I think back on this sisterhood of love and support I wondered what would’ve happened if this had been an all-male race. Would there have been cheers of encouragement? Would the men have waited patiently at the bottom to allow the two challenged participants to finish their climb in peace? Would there have been claps on the back or high-fives given to each other when each obstacle was completed?
I hate to generalize for either sex but I think we can safely answer that had this been a brotherhood it probably would’ve turned out a lot different. We often wonder how our outings would differ if men were with us. We’ve even had two 5280 reporters comment on how their Vela experience would be different if men were included – namely more clowning around and showing off.
I’m a bit biased but the female sex is definitely more adept at supporting and encouraging one another, especially when we let our guard down and expose our fears or weaknesses. This is so much of what Vela Adventures is about. Helping women eliminate self-doubt and using our sisterhood to build each other up to accomplish a challenge is so meaningful – not just for us at Vela but for the women who have joined our awesome, amazing family. We females are inherent cheerleaders, supporters, encouragers, lovers...and that's what I cherish about being part of the sisterhood.
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