Real Life Obstacle Course
Last weekend my boyfriend and some of his friends did the Tough Mudder, a challenge race full of obstacles. I was asking them about the best ones, and heard tales of monkey swings (sweet!), stomach crawling through small enclosed tunnels partly filled with water (no), and one where I don’t remember what the point was, except that you would likely get electrocuted at various points (GOOD GOD NO).
“It’s about facing your fears,” one of his friends said. Cool, I guess? Though isn’t the fear of being electrocuted a totally legitimate and rational fear that one needn’t face? If I had to endure an obstacle course that actually addressed my fears, the challenges would be more like this:
- Public speaking without the help of drinks
- Chatting up the barista I thought was cute for years (y’know, when I was single)
- Negotiating a higher salary at a new or current job
- Negotiating in general
- Getting pregnant accidentally
- Drowning in an open water swim (actually not a fear, but probably should be)
- Getting doored
- Someone finding my middle school diary and reading it aloud
It’s called the Real Life Obstacle Course.