Over the past week I have discovered that living with arthritis won’t hold me back. For my senior spring break — instead of going with the masses to Mexico or Destin — I went to Costa Rica. Keep in mind that my family is not “outdoorsy,” or very adventurous when it comes to spring break.

I repelled by myself down five waterfalls, one being 607 feet (185 meters) high! Not only did I zip line, I was the first in my tour group to zip line upside down hanging from my waist.

Our agenda was full of things like zip lining, repelling, trekking and other strenuous activities. Prior to going, I was extremely worried I wouldn’t be able to do everything we had on our itinerary — due mainly to my arthritis in my hands, knees, and ankles.

I proved myself wrong!

I repelled by myself down five waterfalls, one being 607 feet (185 meters) high! Not only did I zip line, I was the first in my tour group to zip line upside down hanging from my waist.

Granted, the day after all of this — I was a bit creaky. But seeing what I had accomplished, that would only be expected.

Not only was my senior spring break one big adrenaline rush, but I proved to my parents and to myself that I can do anything I want.

Take THAT arthritis!