Facing your fears.. Head on!

There are many things in life that I fear, just like everyone else; I know I am not the only one.

Since I started traveling in 2012 I can tell you I have accomplished many things I never thought I would have, as well as faced a couple of my crippling fears!

In Tortuguero, Costa Rica I faced a spider that was bigger than my own hand!! Okay… when I say faced I really mean that I made Thomas battle the spider into submission. To me thought this was still facing my biggest fear head on and I was extremely uncomfortable! Maybe it was the fact that this HUGE spider could jump a few feet into the air at us, or maybe it was the excessive speed this spider had, or maybe it was that this spider really was bigger than my own hand, but… I REALLY think it was the fact that when I flashed a flashlight on it to make sure I knew where it was every single one of its little itty bitty spider eyes glowed back at me… I cried, a lot!

The positive thing I take from that experience with a humongous spider is that little spiders don’t scare me nearly as much anymore! I am not just guessing at this, I was out for a walk one afternoon and I had a spider on my arm so I just pushed it off. There was no crying or screaming, I managed to stay calm! I honestly surprised myself…


In Monteverde, Costa Rica I ziplined across a massive valley on a zipline that was 1,590 meters long!! I have an immoderate fear of heights, I always have and I think I share that same fear with many others. Ziplining was immensely thrilling and I loved every second of it!! There was a bit of fear in the beginning but when I superman styled over the canopy of trees there was no fear, all I felt was an overwhelming calm come over me and I was taken aback by the beauty I was seeing right before my eyes. Ziplining was exhilarating!!

After ziplining my adrenaline was racing like crazy, we had the option to do an activity called, “The Mega Tarzan Swing.” In my head I thought, how bad could it be? In my head I thought it really couldn’t be that scary. Or maybe in my head I wasn’t thinking very clearly after seeing such a beautiful site while ziplining… Anyways, it really doesn’t matter what I was thinking. I stepped onto the bridge and started walking my way out, and out, and out, and OUT! Until all the trees had cleared from below me and I was 148 feet in the air. I was FREAKING out at this point and honestly I wouldn’t have done it, I was beyond terrified. The men that were working pushed me right out the gate as soon as my hands gripped the rope, sneaky sneaky. :P Am I angry? Nah! I was a bit traumatized for around a half hour after it was finished but at least I can say I did it! Watch the video below to see for yourself how I reacted. :P

Would I do the Mega Tarzan Swing again? No. The positive thing I learned from that experience is that activities like the Mega Tarzan Swing are not my ‘thing’. I’m not sure if I even have a ‘thing’ but it’s definitely not falling 148 feet downward through the air as well as across the air 294 feet. :P

It’s funny how as humans it is great to face your fears once in a while but sometimes it just makes you even more terrified of that fear because you know it’s just as bad as you imagined it. Saying that though, facing your fears is completely healthy and you’ll never know how you feel about it until you do, therefore I recommend you at least try it! :) It’s much better than that dreadful lingering thought that you should have done it after you missed your chance!

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4 Responses to “Facing your fears.. Head on!”

  1. Daidri | Thee Getaway Gal February 12, 2014 at 6:43 am #

    Your video had me laughing so hard, I”m crying!! Brave girl!

    • dawnkealing February 12, 2014 at 8:51 am #

      I seriously cry every time I watch that video, still not sure if it’s because it is hilarious or if it’s because I am scared to death of that swing. :P First if all, I was trying to bail at the top but the guys pushed me out. Second, when I said, “I’m going to cry.” I was already crying. :P

      Hope you enjoyed it! :)

  2. Jess November 7, 2015 at 12:09 am #

    I love zip lining, what an awesome video :)
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