NEVER EVER push anybody off a diving board!
Even the suggestion makes me sick to my stomach.
I’m terrified of heights… it makes no sense, it’s irrational, blah blah blah.
I KNOW that…. but nothing I’ve tried to overcome it has ever worked.
It took me years to finally climb to the top of a diving board ladder, and stand there, shaking and sweating, attempting to beat my phobia.
I think I was 13.
I started to get very nauseous and dizzy, and wanted to back down the ladder…. as I had done in all previous attempts…’but there was a line of people climbing up, and the one right behind me pushed me off…
Whereupon, I’m told, I threw up and fainted, fell in, and hit my arm and head on the bottom of the pool …I was pulled out by a lifeguard, and woke up in the commotion…
I was bruised, but luckily not broken….with a big lump on my forehead…. in those days, nobody thought to check for a concussion….or say anything to the person who pushed me.
I survived… and I “seemed to be OK”, they said…
but my acrophobia worsened considerably.
And I guess the bump on the head may explain a few things…. :)