Facing my fears...

by - Thursday, July 05, 2007

Today we went shopping for my little man's birthday presents. Since much of Meadowhall is still closed due to the recent floods, it was rather busy and I had to park in the multi storey. You may be wondering why this is such a big deal for me? Well, unfortunately I suffer from vertigo. Such an irrational fear, I'm sure you'll agree! But each ramp we climbed to find the empty spaces my heart beat faster, my palms became more sweaty... By the time we found a space on the roof, I almost felt sick!

I wasn't always so afraid of heights though. In my youth, I was always the one wanting to go on the highest roller coaster, climb trees, fly in planes... Vertigo seemed to suddenly creep up on me, and I didn't realise it until one Christmas when my little man wanted me to take him up a fairground slide (the type which goes round and round a small tower). When we reached the top, I almost collapsed with fear. I felt dizzy and strangely frightened, while my son happily climbed up and slid all the way down alone. He asked me then, as my little Angel did today: "Why are you so scared, mummy?"

So I tried to do a brave thing, and walked to the edge of the car park to take the photograph of the city you see above. Just to show my daughter that there really is nothing to be afraid of!

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