When my daughter turned four, we had a bounce house for her birthday. Abby loved bounce houses. I was under the impression that all children loved them. Most of her friends were certainly thrilled to climb in. Even I joined in on the fun.
That memory led me to my current topic: fear of stuff other people seem to enjoy. Here's a list of some of the things I fear, much to the surprise of nearly every other human on earth.
- Roller coasters
- Rides that spin
- Downhill anything (skiing, snowboarding, sledding)
- Pool parties
- Ice skating
- Riding a bike on the road with cars
- Canoeing and kayaking
- Water sports (from water skiing to water polo)
- Big waves at the beach
- Camping in the wilderness
- Roller skating*
- Groups of small children
- Chef's choice tasting menus
I know not everybody likes all of the things on my list. Others might fear roller coasters or prefer to stay on dry land, but each and every item on this list has at one time or another caused me to feel left out--entirely because of my fear to even try.
As a kid, I dreaded birthday parties that took place at amusement parks, or worse, water parks.
My favorite places on earth are in Maine and Hawaii, and yet many of the staple activities in each location are on my oh-my-god-don't-make-me-do-it list.
This is problematic. But I'm working on it.
*I will post more about this particular activity soon, as those who know me will try to argue this point.