I Did It!
Word of advise - Before you begin to read the blog below please take time to read my previous blog called - “Phobias”
You must have wished me a lot of luck! I DID IT! I faced my fear of rollercoasters, and now I am fearless. In this blog I will tell you ways that helped me get over my phobia, some interesting examples of phobias, and insights from well known people about fear.
Try your best to get informed from those who have experienced your phobia. For example I was taught that closing your eyes while dropping down makes it worse - So first step - Open Eyes. To begin, I went on smaller rides THAN the Behemoth to learn how to open my eyes on the drop. After I mastered this technique on the Bat, I tried it on some other rides too, it seemed to help. They were right!
Shortly after that I felt brave enough to go on the Behemoth, so I went with my mom ( not the impulsive figure, not mentioning any names like a dad or something) and one of my best friends. On the way up, My mom and my friend were trying to distract me by saying silly things, I was laughing but I looked only at the sky, so I would not see how high I would have to drop down at. - make sure you are fighting your fear around those to whom you're comfortable with.
Finall we got got to the top and I was screaming, but in my head I thought “lets do this!” I put my hands up, eyes open and flew down at such a fast velocity, I felt like a free bird! After I got off, I couldn’t believe what I was missing all this time! I wanted to go on Leviathan(the tallest and fastest ride in Wonderland- 306 ft, 148km/h at an 80 degree drop) and I DID IT. It was so thrilling, I can’t wait to do it again. It feels amazing to face your fear, you feel invincible when you do so, and now I don’t have to speak from others’ experiences!
Here are some interesting phobias:
1. Coulrophobia – Fear of Clowns- common in children, but not too common in teenagers and adults, their appearances make them look treacherous. Although adults with this fear know its completely irrational, they can’t escape the circumstances.
2. Ergasiophobia – Fear of Work- These people may be suffering from another illness such as depression or lack of attention. I think everyone has a “phobia” of working, but in order to keep the world rolling, we need to suck it up and earn what we have.
3. Neophobia - Fear of Newness. This is the fear of anything new, whether it be technology or a certain circumstance. It doesn’t count on circumstances like your parents not knowing how to download music on an ipod or knowing what BBM is- if you know what I mean ;). Change is good, it builds your character and ability to adapt to anything life may throw at you.
4. Pteronophobia - Fear of being Tickled by Feathers. I find this one very intersting... how can someone be afraid of being tickled with feathers? Certain childhood events can lead to a person being afraid of feeling trapped.
5. Arachibutyrophobia - fear of peanut butter getting stuck to the roof of your mouth.
6. Epistemophobia - fear of knowledge.
7. Nephophobia - fear of clouds.
8. Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia - fear of long words. (go figure its the longest word I’ve ever seen!)
“You gain strength, courage, and confidence by each experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, “I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.” You must do the thing you think you cannot do.”
“You can conquer almost any fear if you will only make up your mind to do so. For remember, fear doesn't exist anywhere except in the mind.”
~Dale Carnegie (1888-1955) American writer.
“One of the greatest discoveries a man makes, one of his great surprises, is to find he can do what he was afraid he couldn't do.”
~Henry Ford (1863-1947) American industrialist.
“Let us never negotiate out of fear but let us never fear to negotiate.”
~John F. Kennedy (1917-1963) Thirty-fifth President of the USA
“There is nothing with which every man is so afraid as getting to know how enormously much he is capable of doing and becoming.”
~Soren Kierkegaard (1813-1855) Danish philosopher and writer.
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