[E-Da, located on the outskirts of Kaohsiung, is a combination of an outlet mall and shopping area, an amusement park, and several hotels.]
How it all Began
I must admit that I have been to E-Da in Kaohsiung, Taiwan several times. My husband and I went there once to check it out when it first opened a few years ago. Plus, it is now an annual tradition to join our friends who live in Southern Taiwan and ring in the New Year there. And believe me – the seven to nine minute panoramic fireworks display is well worth the effort to travel there.
When we are there, we usually spend all of our time roaming around the stores in the outlet mall. I have never ever considered going to the amusement park and taking the Ferris wheel was out of the question as well. Just watching the rides from afar is enough to send shivers down my spine. The sheer height of the Ferris wheel has always made me nervous – so nervous that my stomach does somersaults from just looking up at it on solid ground.
However, while we were waiting to ring in 2015, my husband and I decided to treat ourselves and we did a little shopping. We later found that because we spent X amount of dollars, we were entitled to receive some cash vouchers and two tickets for the Ferris wheel.
And since I publicly declared that 2015 was going to be ‘my year,’ and I was going to face my fears and challenge myself, my husband and I decided to use the tickets the next time we headed south!
Why am I not Scared?
Fast forward to March 28th and there I sat at Subway, eating a spicy chicken sub with Caesar salad dressing, giggling and laughing with my husband, without a worry in the world. I was relaxed and happy. I wasn’t nervous at all.
But then, I started questioning myself. How could that be? I was about to take the Ferris wheel right after lunch. It actually scared me when I came to the realization that I wasn’t scared.
However, it started to go downhill a little from there. I started questioning my whole thought process and began to over think everything. How could I feel so calm when I am usually so nervous? A fear of heights has been a part of me for years because of that near disaster, something that my husband has witnessed so many times.
Nearly Backing Out
The more I thought about it and analyzed everything, the more fearful I became. By the time we made it to the top floor of the outlet mall where the entrance of the Ferris wheel was located, I had made myself so scared that I was in tears.
I eventually calmed myself down enough to actually line up. Luckily, we were the only ones there [besides the workers] because once it was time to actually get into the car, I froze. The employee closed the door and I watch the car we were suppose to be on go up into the sky.
Just Do It! – Facing My Fears
My husband started to work his magic and eventually calm me down again. [Did I mention that he is the best? Well, he is]. Then, in a moment of bravery, I hopped on!! For the first few minutes, I held on tight with my eyes glued shut. I calmed down and realized there was very little movement. I opened my eyes and started to enjoy the whole adventure! I looked outward at the buildings and by the time I realized I was at the top, I could have kicked myself for being so dramatic.
I must admit the view wasn’t that spectacular or impressive, but that wasn’t the real purpose of the Ferris wheel ride. It was more about facing my fears and working through the doubt that I let creep in. It is teaching myself that it is now ok to once again feel at ease with heights.
And as I exited the Ferris wheel, I made a promise to myself that on the last day of this year I will take it one more time – and this time will be drama, no tears, no fear.