I’m Not Scared.

For some reason the phrase “Do one thing every day that scares you” came into my mind this morning as I was leaving the house. It’s not a phrase I remember hearing recently and it’s not one I’ve ever given much thought, although now that I have it seems pretty ridiculous. Do I really want to go looking for things that scare me? Do I want to take unnecessary risks? I could easily say just driving to work scares me but, in spite of all the risks, that’s setting the bar pretty low. Since Daylight Savings Time ended a week ago and I thought it would still be dark when I started out but, for now, the change and the shortening days hasn’t caught up to my usual departure time. It was bright enough that only about half the cars I passed still had their lights on.

Then I got to work and parked in my usual spot on the roof of the parking garage, something that’s also very low-level scary. It’s exposed and, as far as I know, I’m the only person who parks up there, although there’s a garbage can which is always overflowing with what appears to be new garbage every week which suggests a lot of people are passing through, or, possibly, a few people with a completely disproportionate amount of trash.

Also there was an elevator out of service. There are two elevators—one that I guessed was working since it wasn’t closed off—and I also could have taken the stairs. The stairwell is completely windowless, though, and narrow, and cold. It’s not a great way to start the morning.

I realize that just writing this is a spoiler that the alternate elevator was fine and, aside from a slight tremor on the way down, didn’t give me any trouble. Besides I still wasn’t fully awake. At least I’d been fully conscious on the drive in but once I’d parked I was so focused on other things, including just getting in to work, that I really didn’t even consider the possibility of anything going wrong with the elevator until I was in it.

That’s the other ridiculous aspect of “Do one thing every day that scares you”. The scariest thing I’ll probably do all day was not something I was even aware of.

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  1. M.L. James

    Chris, I like the concept. Guaranteed to get one out of the rut of daily routine. So glad I read this. Gonna maybe even give it a try. I guess the idea is that you consciously do this and there’s more than average risk involved? ???? personally, I think taking any elevator that’s wonky qualifies. M

    1. Christopher Waldrop (Post author)

      I’d forgotten this until just now but I worked with a guy who got stuck in the elevator and called the help line. The person he spoke to said they’d be sure to get a rescue crew out immediately. He waited an hour without hearing anything and called again. The same person answered and said, “Oh, I forgot all about you as soon as I hung up!” Bold thing to admit. Anyway I’m not going to do anything stupid but I do always kind of hope for mishaps–they’ll be something to write about.


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