Robert Tamayo


Conquering a Fear of Heights

My wife and I visited the Devil's Bridge in Sedona, Arizona. It's impressive. And really scary.

I'm "afraid" of heights. It's not so much that being in a high place gives me anxiety, or that I fear being in a high place. It's more that I actually lose balance and get slightly dizzy when near a ledge. For example, I wouldn't be able to approach a glass wall on the 9th floor. But if there was a visible ledge extending outward from the edge of the wall, then my eyes would use that as "grounding" to compensate for the change in perspective.

I don't know why I'm like this, since I can't remember having this problem when I was younger. I just have a hard time figuring out my balance when the ground in front of me is "moving" at a different rate than the ground I'm standing on.

After being almost unable to stand on Devil's Bridge long enough for a photo, I'm determined to see if there is a way to combat this feeling and "fix" it. I know it's possible based on the fact that other people are able to handle it. So there must be a way.
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