I came within an inch of doing that , but then said "No"
April 12, 2018 1:58pm CST
Have you ever thought about doing something you swore you would never do (because it scared you), then thought, you would do it, but right at the last minute, you decided not to? I did and it happened in College back in the 80s. I was with a group of my friends. We went on a Christian Retreat to a town not too far away that was in the mountains. A couple of the guys had a "Rock Repelling" event planned. There was a Mountain they used for this. I had always said, I would never do that. I am scared of heights. But, I knew they secured the people with ropes as they let the person down the side of the mountain. So, I thought as long as I am secure with ropes, I may be able to do it and not freak out. They secured me with ropes and I was all set and ready to be let down. But, right at the last minute, I told the guys, "I can't do it". I said I was sorry. They understood and unhooked me. I ended up sitting there and watching some of my friends do the rock repelling and I am glad I said no. It was really high up and even with ropes securing, I would have had a heart attack if I had gone through with it.
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• United States
Yes I have with a few things. But the one that comes to mind, is when my boyfriend tried to get me to go on a rollercoaster at six flags. Or well.. many coasters at six flags, lol. But we got right up there for the batman ride, waiting for the last ride to stop for us to be seated, and I turned around and said no, and was able to walk across the seats to leave the area. though, for that.. my boyfriend did pressure me and say I was a baby if I didn't.. not caring about my anxiety. but I knew better. I knew my MH was more important than doing it for him.
• Toccoa, Georgia
I have been lucky in my past, the two times I rode a horse, my horse was kind of antsy and the horse person leading the group would hold onto my reign and lead my horse, otherwise, I would not have been able to ride one.
• Gainesville, Florida
I had a fear of public speaking, and even getting up in front of a group of co-workers scared the wits out of me. I swore up and down that I would never get up in front of a large group to speak. But then I was elected to the board of directors of our state professional association, and I had to get up and talk in front of 1000 people at a conference. I literally thought I was going to die and told them there was no way I could do it. But they pushed me up on stage and when I got up there it was like my brain shut off and I went into auto-pilot. Apparently, I wowed the audience with my speech. I realized afterward I was really good at talking in front of large crowds, and now I absolutely love it! But ironically, I am still terrified of speaking in front of small groups. I'll take a thousand people over five people any day! lol
• Gainesville, Florida
@LeaPea2417 I was a straight-A student in high school, and I remember in Physics class our teacher told us we had to get up and give a presentation on a physics project we had turned in. When he called my name, I just said, "No thanks, I'll take a zero." He told me that wasn't an option, we had to get up and present. So, I got up, and walked right out of class. On my way out, I just told him to give me an F on the project.