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Subj: Re: Most anxious/apprehensive you have been?
Posted: Mon Jan 01, 2018 at 09:08:56 am EST (Viewed 243 times)
Reply Subj: Most anxious/apprehensive you have been?
Posted: Sun Dec 31, 2017 at 12:44:57 pm EST (Viewed 309 times)
Well, I have social anxiety, and have had more panic attacks than I can count. But they're generally for really boring, stupid, shameful crap. "OMG! Random woman on the street just asked me a questi... can't breathe! F--!! *gasp gasp*" (yeah that has happened more than once)
But I'm totally chill in a classroom of 20-40 kids. Go figure.
Anyway... I'll go with another traffic incident.
About 20 years ago, I was driving on I90 from Syracuse to Buffalo. Wife and I had picked up a friend's car (an early 80s Mustang, so it was maybe 15 years old) from some service station, and it was in poor condition. It had broken down, and the mechanic had basically just got it running enough to move. She couldn't drive a stick, so I was in the Mustang. The weather conditions were poor, as well: a slight drizzle and the roads were quite slick.
Suddenly, traffic stops. Brake pedal to the floor and... nothing! Complete brake failure. I'm going to plow into MY WIFE and DAUGHTER in front of me going about 65. No! I swerve into the grassy median.
I was unable to control the car enough to keep myself on the median. So, now I'm going about 40 into oncoming traffic going about 65. Quick mental calculations (yeah, I was doing this in my head): that's like the equivalent of 105mph into brick wall.
My only choice was to accelerate across the oncoming traffic into the ditch on the other side. Yay! I made it without hitting anything (major, at least-- I did bump one of the trees lining the highway, but by then I was only going about 5mph).
Adrenaline had me so messed up, I couldn't walk for about 15 minutes after crawling out of the car. No social anxiety though! I had no problem whatsoever chatting it up with the dozen or so people that stopped to check on me.
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