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Braving The CN Tower

Author : William Jason

A couple of summers ago I visited the CN Tower with my family and while this doesn't seem like such a big deal, if you are as afraid of heights as I am, believe me when I tell you it is. At the time this was the tallest freestanding structure in the world, and it looks every bit that tall whenever you are up on top of it. We had planned on visiting a number of attractions whenever we were in Toronto, including the Hockey Hall of Fame and Casa Loma as well. I wasn't very thrilled about visiting the CN Tower, but I knew that my other family members wanted to go up into it, so I knew I was going to have to suck it up and put my fears aside.

The day that we visited the Tower, was a bright and beautiful day, and the tower loomed on the horizon as we were walking towards it. I remember thinking that it was not all that bad as we were walking towards it. However, once we get closer and closer to the Tower, a lump began to build in my throat. I remember standing directly under the Tower and looking straight up at it, and I literally had to arch my back to see the very tip of it. It is extremely intimidating, but I didn't want to be the one who chickened out among my family members and I was determined to do this. Much to my surprise, my father and my cousin decided to back out, and gave a myriad of excuses as to why they couldn't go up. This was my chance to back out as well, but I decided to face my fear head on.

Going up in the elevator was an extremely surreal experience, as it was made out of glass and left nothing to the imagination as to how high you were going. Once we got off the elevator, my wife challenged me to go outside, and I foolishly went along with her. I remember being outside and I could literally feel the tower moving back and forth, and I instantly had to put my back against the wall because I started to feel so dizzy. I then went back inside so I could catch my breath, and my uncle asked me if I wanted to stand on the looking glass. This glass supposedly can support the weight of dozens of hippopotamuses, but the moment I stepped on it and looked down, I instantly felt dizzy again and had to literally walk backwards to support myself on a wall. So all in all, I definitely can't say I had a lot of fun while I was up in the CN Tower, but I can say that I did, and confronted my fears, unlike like two other members of my family.

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