That spine tingling, heart stopping, adrenaline rush that completely overrides your body and makes your brain go haywire, yup that’s right I’m talking about fear. I don’t know about you, but I’ve personally always steered clear of fear…. Well, that was until now. I decided to face my fear of heights.
The first two questions that popped into my head were: how and why am I going to face this fear? It took me a while before I actually had the courage to step out of the car and climb to the highest peak there was. Immediately I felt my heart practically beat out of my chest. I lost total control of my body. I felt numb as if it were just me in that moment.
I stood there for what felt like a lifetime. I felt vulnerable and weak. I did not want to look at my surroundings because I knew if I did I would scream at the top of my lungs. But I got tired, tired of being scared and tired of letting this fear control me so I looked out into the view and I realized in that moment I was no longer afraid.
We spend all this time letting fear take over us and we build it up so much that we forget why we had to fear it in the first place. fear is a funny thing it can keep us safe and keep us from doing bad things but it can also stand in the way of what we want to do. So how does fear work?
It all starts off in the amygdala. The amygdala is known as the brain’s fear center. When we are frightened or experience something surprising, the amygdala sends excitatory signals to other parts of the brain warning and signaling the rest of your body.
It felt like this little alarm went off in my brain that asked me, “Hey what do you think you’re doing?’’ and that’s when it really hit me that I’ve never been able to do something this scary before which made my experience that much more terrifying.
Sure my fear fighting experience started horribly, but in the end I was able to face my greatest fear and now I’m no longer afraid. I feel stronger and I am proud of myself for going past a limit I never thought I could.