YouTube home Register to vote
Upload

Loading...

Beating Acrophobia and Starting From Scratch

651 views

Loading...

Loading...

Loading...

Rating is available when the video has been rented.
This feature is not available right now. Please try again later.
Uploaded on Dec 19, 2010

Personality Song Title:
RBD: "Empezar Desde Cero" ("Starting From Scratch")
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A_m4GU...

My situation is a little unique in that I completed my bucket list by my early 30s with only two exceptions I can think of: completing my ROM: Spaceknight collection (which I did this year) and reading the last of Zelazny's Amber novels.

Transition was never on my bucket list. It was simply a decision I made this Spring.

I had a pretty good bucket list, but since I didn't expect a long life, I attacked it with vigor.

The last major item that finished it off was the result of about two and a half decades of challenging effort, of which I am more than a little proud.

From childhood, I suffered from severe acrophobia, the fear of heights, which may or may not have stemmed from my crib having been suspended from the ceiling of an A-frame house when I was little. To this day, I am frightened to be so much as a foot or two off the ground, on a step stool for instance.

But I worked hard to live with the fear, my earliest memories of which date back to the age of 4 or 5. At that time I was urged to hop from a diving board just a few feet above the water at the deep end of an eight-foot deep swimming pool. My heart is racing even now as I type this, my fingers shaking almost too much to type.

I remember crying and struggling to make myself get off that diving board, winding up severely scratched from the abrasive surface. After some time, I managed it, with a lot of urging from my older brother James.

Over the years, I cultivated the ability to stand on step stools, short stages, ladders. By the age of 17, I was able to stand on a stage and sing before a crowd of well over a thousand people at a church summer camp.

A few years later I was in Navy boot camp and had to use two- and three-story open staircases mounted on the outsides of barracks buildings in RTC Orlando. I only collapsed and fell down the stairs once.

In college I mounted the stage again, earning Best Supporting Actor for my role in a children's musical we performed in the historic Saenger Theatre in Mobile, AL.

On September 11, 2000, I went skydiving with two friends and insisted that I be the first one off the plane. With the exception of the two items mentioned earlier, that marked the last item off my bucket list ten years and a few months ago.

Since then, I've been working on a new list.

Loading...

When autoplay is enabled, a suggested video will automatically play next.

Up next


to add this to Watch Later

Add to

Loading playlists...