One day I will work on facing my fears. There’s too many to name, but just to give you an idea, I’m afraid of heights, going underwater, very loud noises (this is new, because I used to attend concerts as often as I could), and trying to speak a foreign language, even a few words. Some of my fears are based on events that have happened to me. Some I don’t understand myself. And some surround embarrassment.
As I go through life and make the most of it, I avoid circumstances that would cause me to face my fears. It can be easy or a very difficult task, especially when I’m traveling and wanting to try new things. I love the water – pools, the ocean, lakes, etc. but I’m on edge when I’m near it. It’s worse when other people are around because they may throw me in the water. And I miss out on so much! I dream of swimming in the ocean without the fear of waves knocking me down. I can picture myself jumping into a pool and the water covering my body.
I’ve said that I’m going to get help – take lessons with a swim coach who understands this type of fear. But, I make excuses and never do it. My older daughter learned to swim on her own, but Sammi takes after me. What example am I setting for her?
When I see the Characters In Flight balloon ride at Walt Disney World, I think about facing my fears. I’d love to take a ride high over the resort. One day I’ll take that leap of faith and surprise myself!
What type of fears do you have? Have you faced any of them?