by Shane Koyczan
by Shane Koyczan
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.