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Faith, Trust, & Pixie Dust

I have a fear of heights, and it seems to follow me around no matter what I do. I was a gymnast for thirteen years, swinging around on high bars and balance beams. I was a cheerleader, being lifted in the air several times during practice. I also love roller-coasters, have climbed the mesas, and fly any time I travel long distances. Therefore I would say that the most meaningful skill I have learned and will continue to learn is to face my fear of heights. Now this may not exactly sound like a skill like writing, whistling, or sewing, but it’s definitely something that takes time to get used too and understand.

I recently learned that one of my friends is looking into working in the most magical place on earth, Disney World. She told me that Disney is constantly looking for Face Actors, Stunt people, Singers, and so on. I told her that being the flying Tinkerbell has been my dream since the very first time I visited Disney World. Turns out Disney is always looking for small people like myself that can be the flying Tinkerbell. But then comes the fear of heights issue. I’d like to say that I’m adventurous and always challenging myself, but this is the ultimate task. I mean have you seen Cinderella’s Castle? It’s monstrously huge.

This is where I bring up the fact that facing my fear of heights is a meaningful skill. I have the chance to do something that I have wanted to do literally all of my life. How could I say no? How could I let my fear stop me? The answer: I don’t. And it’s not just because I have this incredibly opportunity at my doorstep. Facing this fear is something that I should just do for myself anyway. Nothing should keep people from living their lives, from following their dreams, from doing anything. Facing fears is a skill everyone should learn.

So now if you’ll excuse me, I need to get fitted for my wings.


8 thoughts on “Faith, Trust, & Pixie Dust

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  2. When you are looking at a high-dive from the ground, it doesn’t seem tall at all. But the second you are peering over the edge of that diving board towards the clear water it seems INFINITELY taller. Honestly, I get a little worried. It’s crazy how I can get nervous jumping off of a high-dive, but then turn around and do it all over again. It’s so important to recognize your fears and face them! It’s empowering knowing that you won’t let your fear of heights stop you from achieving your goals.

  3. When we face fear, we have two decisions: we can either dominate it or allow it to dominate us. I, too, have found myself face to face with fear on many occasions. Probably my biggest fear, is the fear of letting others down. I have always had so much pressure placed on me to be perfect, especially with the family I grew up in, and I’ve had this constant fear of letting others down for as long as I can remember. I used to wake up in the morning and tell myself that perfection and making it look easy was key, but this led me down a dark and dangerous road. It also led me to develop the inability to say, “no,” which is something I still struggle with today. I am often unable to say no, then I am over-committed and so busy that I don’t sleep and I get sick. My fear of letting others down started to make me sick, and that’s when I realized that while I was pleasing others I was letting myself down. I wasn’t saying yes to myself and I wasn’t taking care of myself because I was so focused on taking care of others. I’ve recently begun trying to combat this fear, and am doing better. I am made a committment to myself that I will not neglect myself and allow myself to be dominated by this fear of letting others down. I commend you for facing your fear, and I think you would make a wonderful Tinker Bell!

  4. I love your last sentence! The fact that you have the opportunity to be the Tinker Bell is phenomenal! That would be such an experience and definitely worth conquering your fear. The fear of heights is something many people struggle with and I fully agree that people should face their fears.

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