i don't particularly enjoy public speaking

No one, in their right frame of mind, spends seventeen minutes crying in the shower because they won a free trip to Washington D.C.

Except, of course, if you're me.

I wasn't really crying from happiness - I was still in a state of overwhelmed, silent hysterics - but mostly from complete and utter terror. In my frame of mind, you don't simply take airplane rides to the capitol of America to compete nationally in an essay/speech contest. I'm simply from a bumbling little city in nowhere, I've never been to a big city - much less the East Coast - and I haven't so much as been inside an airplane ever. Oh, and by the way, I don't particularly enjoy public speaking. And airports are the next scariest thing to banks - they'd be scarier, if I ever knew I'd actually be the one hugging everyone goodbye. #Pteromerhanophobia #Selachophobia #Glossophobia #Agoraphobia

My family went berserk when they found out. And I think I sat staring at the computer screen. I do remember the first thing I said was, "Mom - do not let me fly alone!"

Although you gotta admit -  representing the state of Wisconsin and flying to Washington D.C. is going to be one of the biggest highlights of my life. And I think I'm maybe slightly excited and brave enough to take the challenge. At any rate, I've never really "spoken" before and now I have three chances in the next two months to speak. Speak, as in front of a bunch of people. I'm not so introverted as to never talk at all. Well. Most of the time.

Besides having nightmares about flying and getting that lump of fear out of my throat. I think I'm rather excited. //

What's your phobia? Check it out HERE. Does anyone have Arachibutyrophobia - fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of their mouth?


  1. Wow. You go girl. :) It probably all seems sorta scary right now. But I'm telling you, you will LOVE the flight. The airport can be a bit of a pain but everything is pretty clear, and if not, you can ask someone for help. If it's just one straight flight you'll be perfectly fine.

    I hate public speaking too. It does get easier, though. Just ask God for help is all I can say. But you'll do great.

  2. Don't feel too bad. I went on a mission trip last summer with my dad to Mexico. It was the first time either of us had been in an airplane before. Somehow I ended up sitting beside a woman who was in our group going to Mexico and my dad was two rows behind. I ended up holding the womans hand during the take off and had my face basically in her lap- no, I had never met this woman before.
    Flying isn't bad though I REALLY overreacted and my dad still laughs when I mention it!
    You'll do fine and thats awesome how you won a trip for free to D.C.!
    Your going to really enjoy it when you get there.

  3. @ Kendra - you mean I'd have to talk to people?!?! :) I'm kidding of course...but I can be thankful I'm not flying to a different country...even if I do get lost - at least I'll still be in America. :D

  4. Congratulations, Bethany! :) I know you'll do a fantastic job and I hope you'll have fun in Washington D.C.!

  5. Wow! How exciting!

    You know, more people are afraid of speaking in public than they are of dying. That means, at a funeral they'd rather be the one in the casket than the person giving the eulogy.

  6. @ Mrs. G - that's perfectly horrible...although probably mostly true. :)


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