I just recently did something that gave me significant pause going in and I'm so glad I pushed myself to give it a try. It has nothing to do with diapers, except that I wondered if maybe I should be wearing them for the event. My dare was that I was asked to go up in a helicopter for work to take photos. I should mention that while I'm not exactly scared of heights, they do concern me a fair amount. I still go up high places, but it's scary.
Anyway, it was explained to me as a great experience by my boss, who has been up lots of times for other reasons and given the size of the helicopter and professional nature of the pilots, I was thinking this wouldn't be bad. I was worried going in, but it was a back of the mind sort of thing. Upon arrival at the airfield, I got to see the helicopter and the pilots explained the plan, which is where it got several notches scarier for me. The thumbnail at the bottom is pretty close to what I was presented with.
I hadn't really thought this through in terms of how I was going to take pictures, but it was getting clearer. Those open doors were going to stay open and they wanted to have me wear a harness secured to the deck and sit on the deck with my legs dangling over the side. They saw I wasn't in love with this idea. It was subtle, but they got it. Probably had to do with blood draining from my face, etc. They posed another plan: they'd set up a bench chair, secured to the deck and I'd wear a seatbelt secured to the wall. They were quick to point out that this really wasn't any safer, but made many people feel better. It made me feel a bit better, crossing the line between "I think I'll just wait down here" and "okay, I guess I can do this".
They got set up and I got belted in with this seatbelt that looked really too easy to release and after a quick safety lecture, we took off. It was simply amazing! We were probably anywhere from 200 to 800 feet up and the pictures I got were stunning. It was scary at times, but less than I really expected and if it started to get overwhelming, I'd go back to taking pictures hard for a few minutes and the narrow focus of the lense reduced my anxiety. It was well worth the risk and turned out so much better than I expected. All in all, a very cool way to spend 40 minutes.
Thinking on it further, it made me wonder what things others might have done that scared them going in but weren't really so bad and reaped unexpected benefits? Let's leave out the buying a first batch of diapers stories unless it's really a good story (in which case you probably already told it, anyway). Anyway, let's hear what you dared!