I have a great fear of heights. I’ve had it as a child and I still have it as an adult. I won’t say that I have Acrophobia because I don’t end up a basket case when I am presented with opportunities to be way high up there. However, I am known to shy away from activities that requires me to be in high places. These activities include bungee jumping, sky-diving, ferris wheels, roller coasters … well you get the idea.
When we were in Macau, we visited the Macau Tower. This is not my first time to visit a Communication tower. I have been to the Sky Tower in Auckland. The Sky Tower was the first encounter I had on attempting to stand on top of a small square foot of the floor made of glass. This means that your brain – while looking down at this piece of glass – thinks that you are actually standing on nothing and that you are about to fall. It was difficult for me then and the level of anxiety I felt at the Macau tower was multiplied a hundred fold. Instead of a small window, there was at least a third of the observation deck’s floors made of see-through glass.
This is a picture of my feet standing on top of the transparent glass plate. I was told it was made of really thick reinforced glass. However – I am telling you – I stepped on the glass plate really really slowly all the while saying my rosary ( even though I have not been religious recently ). That attempt was successful and it felt as if I have defied gravity.
As I became more comfortable with the idea of walking on glass, I actually managed to walk around the area where they had the glass floors. As I did it – I conquered my fear and I was able to do it comfortably. This was awesome because that means I am now able to appreciate the amazing view of Macau from where we were.
Next time I visit Macau Tower – who knows? I might actually be inspired and join bungee bear and actually do a bungee jump from 328 meters above ground.