What's the scariest thing you've ever done?
Why was it scary for you? Why did you do it anyway?
Publishing my first hub was the scariest thing I've ever done. My writing is a part of who I am and exposing myself was a forced venture. However a passion should be shared for others to enjoy if it is truly a joy to yourself.
Standing up and introducing myself for the first time at an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting. Speaking of unfamiliar waters!!! Best thing I ever did.
In my case, it would be becoming brain-dead and coming back to life again after a month in a comatose state...
I'm far from "the victim type", but this scary incident is one that I'm still disgusted about, so I'm more than happy to share it:
I had a perfectly nice life, beautiful kids, and everything was wonderful except that my husband and I did have quite a bit of stress. Also, he had a medical condition that meant the stress affected him in ways it didn't affect me. In any case, we had a lot of misunderstanding going on in the months leading up to when it became clear that my only choice was to take the children and leave. It wasn't a great situation (needless to say), but I assumed it could all be worked out. Wrong. He panicked, thought I was "nuts" for leaving, and got my relatives worried about me. The first thing I knew, an ambulance showed up to get me and take me to the "mental health place". That wasn't what my husband thought would happen when he called to ask what he could do, and it wasn't what my relatives wanted; so I hid and the ambulance was sent away. That, in itself, was a horrifying, horrifying, experience; because all I could think of was being doped up in the back of the ambulance, and maybe doped up for who-knows-how-long.
The scariest thing I ever did was to later go willingly with the police who had shown up (a few cars, two police per car) after the ambulance had been sent away. The police were calm and told me if I went with them to the "mental health place" I could get what I wanted from the court (a separation, etc.). I knew I had to stay calm in front of my three crying children and elderly mother. I also knew I had to stay calm at the "mental health place" (because I feared that if I showed too much anger, lack of cooperation, or other emotion I might end up being drugged). So, I had to stay calm and cool for the few hours I was there (although I suspect the people I dealt with sensed that I was so disgusted with it all I was actually very cold toward them when they didn't just say, "Oops. Sorry. We made a mistake.") I may not sound very scary, but it was the scariest thing I ever did/went through in my life. I had built my whole sense of security and confidence on the fact that I'd always been so "solid" and "fine" and the kind of person others came to for support and sureness. My very core was being questioned, and I had nobody to stand up for me.
As for why I did it: I wasn't about to resist a couple of policeman, and my kids needed me to be calm and reassuring.
When I was 20 years old, I worked in an ice cream shop. I was working with only one other girl, who was 18 years old. She and I had gone to the same high school together. It was a warm, summer evening and many people had come in but it was quiet for a few moments and no one was inside. Then, two robbers entered and one man grabbed my friend. I could tell they were very high on drugs and they put a knife to my friend and demanded all the money. I had to stay very calm on the outside and manage myself quickly because I knew it would get much, much worse if people came in. So, even though I was extremely frightened and my friend was crying and the robbers were screaming at her to shut up, I put up a front that I was calm and collect and got all the money together for them so they would let her go. That might have been about the most scared I ever was while doing something.
This is a tough question Jeff. I say that because I think frightened and scary are two different things. Scariest happens to me whereas frightened to me has a bit of cognition to it or I decided to do something, which entails fear.
When was I scared or scared the most . . . hmmmm. A lot of scary things have happen over the past year, yet maybe not the scariest. I think the scariest thing was way back around '92 my stomach ached. I went to the kitchen washed my face. I decided to walk to the bedroom and lie down. I lived in a duplex maybe at the most 25' x 25', so it wasn't far to go. I got to the doorway between the front room and bedroom. Then I consciously remember passing out. I awoke maybe a half hour later. I know because of what was on the TV relating to shows. There was a pool of blood, my nose broke, and naturally I was dazed.
Went to the doctor and they did all kinds of tests. Never heard a reason why. But, the funny part is they discovered I was not from here - just kidding, yet the facts are true.
When others asked what happen I explain the Holy Ghost zonked me a good one. Watch out for that left jab . . .
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