People fear the unknown. If they aren’t exactly sure what is going to happen, many times people don’t even want to approach it. That is why people are scared of things like skydiving, go-karting, roller-coasters, etc. You don’t always know the end result of what will happen or how you will feel but that is the magic of it all.
For most of my life, I was terrified of bridges. This fear stemmed from a scary experience I had as a child. It was caused by a trip I had taken to New York City with my parents. I was having the best day. I saw all of the major sites including the World Trade Center, Times Square, and even the Statue of Liberty. We also had plans to see my aunt who lived in Brooklyn at the time. We started to make the drive towards Brooklyn and had to go over the Brooklyn Bridge.
if you know anything about the Brooklyn Bridge, it is one of the oldest bridges in the United States. Additionally it is a suspension bridge. A bad storm was coming and on top of it we hit traffic. We were stuck on the bridge. All I can remember as a child was the bridge starting to sway a little bit back and forth due to the storm. I remember crying and being so scared. I thought for sure we were going to fall off of the bridge. Eventually we crossed the bridge, and we were fine. But from that point on, I was terrified of bridges.
Flash forward about 10 years. I was 17, had just gotten my license, and was feeling invincible. I worked to buy my own first car. It was a piece of junk, but it was mine. Although I now had the freedom to drive where I wanted, I managed to avoid crossing a bridge for two years.
It wasn’t until I was in college that I finally had to face my fear. My parents had moved me in, and usually picked me up if I wanted to come home for the weekend. If they couldn’t pick me up- public transportation was super easy to use.It wasn’t until winter break that I had to face my fear. Neither of my parent could take me back to school because of work. I packed up my belongings and headed back to school. I started my car, and began the drive. As I got closer to the bridge, I gripped the wheel tighter and tighter. I began to get very anxious and even started to sweat a little. I paid the toll, and over the bridge I went. Eventually, I realized I was over the bridge and that I had actually done it. To this day, I still can’t look over the sides of bridges. I am still not completely over my fear, but I now know I can at least do it.
Some people never get over their fears. I am happy that I was able to face my fear even though it was out of necessity. Working at Speed Raceway, I come into contact with people facing their fears all the time. People of all ages can be afraid of go-karts. You would think it is just small children, but trust me, I have met many adults who are just as frightened as the kids. One of my favorite parts of this job is watching people face their fears. Talking them into doing it, watching them get their safety briefing, getting into the karts, etc, is so exciting to me. It is even better when our customers come out of the race and wind up LOVING it. The excitement and happiness on their faces are priceless.
If you are looking to get over a fear, i highly reccommend getting out their and just DOING it. You never know, you may discover you actually really enjoy whatever it is you are so afraid of!