As frightening as some of my crazy, vivid dreams can be, I am always grateful for the times where they inspire me to write. I woke up 3 ½ hours after falling asleep for this one.
I have an ugly confession to make.
While many people tell me how strong of a person I am, I, Erica, have an unreasonable fear of many things. There will be quite a few hurdles I will have that I will have to confront when we embark upon our trip to Central/South America. Confronting fears is at the front of my mind.
“Erica! You are covered in tattoos and piercings! How can you be afraid of a little needle?”
It is totally different. Tattoos are created through a series of pins entering the top layer of your skin and well the piercings, I had to go into a meditative state full of sweat from nervousness. I almost passed out one time while a nurse was giving a TB test because she refused to let me sit down.
While I lived from the vaccinations we have taken so far, I can’t say that I’ve gotten over my fear of needles. I even managed to have a panic attack on the way home from the travel doctors. Can we say wuss? We have our next set of vaccinations tomorrow. Joy.
- #2 Claustrophobia
This one nearly killed me when we went to Burning Man. Having to have a mask around my face during a white out to an asthmatic is one of the most challenging things I’ve put myself through yet.
I want to go spelunking and get PADI certified. I will be staring claustrophobia down in the face.
As Dwight in The Office states:
In an ideal world I would have all ten fingers on my left hand so my right hand could just be a fist for punching.
Oh hell yes… bring it on.
- #3 Heights
Traveling abroad has made me quite the adventure seeker/adrenaline junkie. This particular fear should make for a fun ride while we’re doing the World’s Most Dangerous Road. I’m also hoping to conquer sky diving at some point during the trip. As for bungee jumping, I’m sticking Shaun on that boat. No ma’am/sir.
- #4 Bot Flies
So apparently I have issues with things entering my skin. The thought of something eating and living in my body is simply TERRIFYING. If you have no clue what they are, check it out here. Actually, I’m going to stop here because I start gagging.
Look for updates on me entering the mental hospital if a bot fly does happen to make a home in me.
- #5 Creepy Crawlies in General
After seeing Abby’s post on The Jungle Princess in regards to My Favorite Photos of 2010: Best of Animals I had the realization that I’m just screwed on this one.
How do you confront fears while abroad?