Last night I faced one of my fears – my fear of open heights.
All heights don’t scare me – I can fly in a plane and ride a glass elevator with no problem – it’s the open heights that
freak me out make me uncomfortable. It’s the feeling that I could fall. Like from the nosebleed seats at a Sade concert; the one when I got up and left.
No, really I did. That’s when I discovered my fear. We were in the top section at Philips Arena a few years ago and I couldn’t sit down and relax. I thought I was going to tumble forward all the way down to the stage. I still can’t help but giggle when I think about Husband’s reaction.
“Really? But, um, it’s SADE.”
He’s such a good guy. Sade is his favorite but he supported me and got up. The usher told us to go the box office and we could pay the difference for better seats so we did. All ended well and we saw Sade in style on the club level. I tease Husband that he should thank me and my fear for getting him closer to the stage.
Anyway, last night I ended up at that same arena for an Atlanta Hawks basketball game. We got free tickets from my son’s basketball league that just happened to be in the highest section. When I picked the tickets up on Tuesday and found out where we’d be sitting I wasn’t happy. Milan calmly and encouragingly told me with a smile, “You have to face your fears, Mama.”
I mean, what a smart little girl.
So I listened to her … and I even let her hold my hand. Ahem.
Our section. *insert deep breathing here*
The view. Um, we were higher than the
damn score-box-thingy. That’s just not right. I was incredibly uncomfortable at first but as time went on it got easier. Yes, the sip of red wine I had didn’t hurt either. No, wine isn’t clean eating, but I did pass on all the other game snacks and munched on a protein bar instead.
Miles brought a friend with him; in fact we had a whole crew with us – Husband, my father, my sister and my brother-in-law also kicked it with me in section 320.
Milan got busy on that blue cotton candy.
So, not only did I survive sitting high up last night, I was really proud of myself for deciding to do it – and not freaking out in the process. It reminded me that I’m stronger than I sometimes give myself credit for (we all are!); and it was a great learning experience for me and my daughter.
We also learned that there’s perks to sitting up high like this …
We had to take a picture of the empty bathroom with huge glass windows and a scenic view of downtown Atlanta. The crowded bathrooms on the lower levels don’t look all fancy-smancy like this.
Now, I’m off to get today’s workout done. I’m feeling great about my 26 Day Challenge and will give a more detailed update soon. Have a great day and make sure to do something special to take care of you!
Winks & Smiles,