What’s the thing you’re most scared to do? What would it take to get you to do it?
There’s a number of things that I’m absolutely terrified of doing… and yet, ironically, I really want to do them.
One of them is skydiving.
The other, bungy-jumping.
Clearly, both of them involve heights… major heights, so it’ll come as no surprise to learn that I am terrified of heights. Yet, at the same time, I love being high.
Hang on a sec… that didn’t come out right.
I love being up high – ESPECIALLY on things like rides and rollercoasters, Ferris wheels etc. I love being up above it all and being able to look out over the land because it suddenly looks so tiny. I especially love flying for that exact reason. Something about being up above the clouds I find quite calming and peaceful.
However… ask me to then jump. out. of. a. plane?!? Not on your dear little life. I wish I could be one of those people that just says ,’you know what, fuck this. I’m going SKYDIVING!!!’ and they just do it. No fear. No regret at the last minute. Not me. I love that moment on a certain ride at a theme park where for a split second you experience weightlessness, or it simulates free-falling… and I love that bit, but then the ride suddenly darts off and goes up and down and around and makes you feel like you’re in a giant washing machine and you leave feeling nauseous.
If you go skydiving… you get none of that. You get a fantastic view, and then you just see the ground hurtling towards you at great speeds and you think, ‘oh my fucking god, I’m going to die. I’M GOING TO FUCKING DIE!!!’. Maybe I need some kind of medication to make me forget all my fears; strap a Go-Pro cam to myself and just do it. I’ll be too drugged up to remember it, but at least I’ll have the video…?!?!
Then on the flip side, there’s bungy-jumping.
Although, on the positive side, it might actually straighten up my spine a tad, or at least put everything back into place, but then again, it’s bungy-jumping. I wish I could be one of those people too. Fearless. Some people have told me that it’s one of the most exhilarating things they’ve ever experienced… but I’ve also seen far too many video’s where bungy ropes break and people fall… or they ricochet right back up and smack into the base of the bridge they’ve just jumped off.
Perhaps I should stick to keeping my feet firmly planted on the ground… well, unless somebody develops a magical potion that will take away all my inhibitions, but still allow me to comprehend my surroundings… even at 15,000 feet in the air!!