reply to post by Aquarius1
There is that point of not considering our own mortality, yes. But I do recall the fall I had when I was about 14. I slipped and missed a handhold and
dropped about 30-odd feet through the air, which was a strange feeling as I recall watching the cliff face receding from me and myself thinking
"Uh-oh..." Then I just hit the steep slope covered in scree and tumble-rolled down and finished in some rough bushes.
For those who don't think 30-odd feet is very far to fall, it's quite far enough to kill you if you land on something hard enough or just land the
wrong way. In my case it was fortunate that I landed on a nice steep slope and not a rocky outcrop about ten feet to my right.
I got away with some bruises and general soreness. The next weekend I think it was, I went back and did the climb again...
I'm not sure if that experience eventually led to my phobia, but I do recall the first time I felt the dreadful fear was when I was well into my
thirties, and I was wondering, "What on Earth? I LIKE heights!"
Not any more I don't!
You said something else but I can't remember... must post and have a look...
Edit... Oh yeah... Facing reality...
You know, it's just now I've realized that I never had a fear of heights before my car crash.
OMG... (Oh my gosh!)
Now I know why...
The car went off the side of a road and over what was virtually a cliff. Flew through the air, direction down. I remember applying opposite lock to
the steering while in mid-flight but no effect. Sounds funny now but it wasn't then... It seemed to take forever before my car finally finally hit a
huge tree about seven feet off the ground.
It was that first moment, when the car took out a rather useless guidepost then went over the edge and into space and I remember thinking "I'm
!" It was very, very scary.
Okay I had an NDE after the impact (subject for another thread really) but obviously I survived.
So that must be it.
I must think about this.
Thank you for your post, Aquarius. It has led me in a certain direction.
[edit on 26/10/09 by JustMike]