Yesterday I wrote about my favorite quotes. I thought I would switch gears today and go to an unpleasant topic:
My greatest fear is a fairly common phobia: heights. Or more accurately, falling from great heights.
I do not encounter heights in my day-to-day life. In fact, if the handrail is right (up to my chest), the sky’s the limit. The space needle was no problem because the outdoor area is literally a cage. Parasailing was a piece of cake, though I can’t explain why. But I will only ever have the one roller coaster experience.
My fear was tested to it’s limits about 4 years ago on a trip to Chicago. What do you suppose we did in Chicago? Yep,we went to the Skydeck in the Willis Tower.
The Skydeck is a tourist attraction in the Willis Tower almost on the top floor. It’s main feature is four all-glass boxes that hang off the side of the building. Visitors can walk out and experience nothing but a piece of glass between them and the wide, wide world. I am definitely not alone fearing heights. On the day we went, I would estimate more than 80% of the other tourists had some issues getting out onto the glass. Some wouldn’t even get near it. Almost 100% gave pause before stepping out onto the glass. In all honesty, it was physically hard to watch.
I watched a lot of people do it before I decided to try. When I was ready to step onto the glass, I had one hand on the wall inside the building and another on Moby, and later I would let go of both, if only for a second or two. It was exhilarating! Thrilling! The adrenaline rush was something to behold!
In addition to my fear of heights, I also have a fear of spiders crawling on me while I sleep. I’m not particularly afraid of spiders, and up until one decided to crawl across my face while I was sleeping, I used to let them live in our house. But now they all must die. I will never, ever wake up a hurl a jumping spider across the bedroom again.
I hated even bring that up. Sorry.
Tomorrow’s topic: A Dinner Party for 10 Very Special Guests