On Labor Day, we are having our summer staff party. Seems fitting, right??
We are planning on taking our employees for a sail. The last couple of summers, sailing has been the staff request.
Winter staff parties are a little more tricky. I always try planning off the wall kind of parties. One year we saw a laser light show at a planetarium after eating fondue. Another year we went to an Irish restaurant followed by a comedian. Last year we went to the Japanese steak house after taking a painting class. Year after year, it is getting harder to top.
Then I heard of the escape room. It is all the rage. You are given clues and one hour to escape from a locked room. The only question I have is….is there a bathroom?? Yikes! What a great staff party team building event. Except no one wanted to try it.
Really, what is wrong with being locked in a room??
Then I remembered, I am terrified of being trapped.
I don’t like feeling like there isn’t a way out.
I can’t stand feeling trapped on airplanes. Every bit of turbulence makes me feel like we are crashing. I have heard that turbulence is not risky, but take offs and landings are. Great, now I am afraid the whole flight. I’m trapped on a plane. I can’t leave when I want to. The cold fear lasts for hours. I break out in a cold sweat. I grip the arm rest or person next to me. My hands shake. My heart races. I hold my breath or breathe fast. I gasp. Some of my best flights involved being medicated.
I can’t stand feeling trapped in cars either. I am prone to panic when I have to cross long bridges or drive through construction. The concrete barriers trap me. I have no option to pull over or escape. My heart races, my breathing is fast, the sweat pours, I open all the windows, and at times I get tunnel vision. I have to pull over at the next exit sometimes. It is suffocating.
Year round I drive with my windows open a crack so I don’t feel trapped inside my car.
Sometimes I feel trapped by my circumstances. I can’t stand that either.
It is beyond me why I would WANT to go in an escape room. I think it has to do with the challenge of facing fears and figuring a way to get out.
I haven’t figured out the winter party yet, but until then I am going to enjoy sailing with our employees on Labor Day.
At least I am not afraid of water!
Maybe I will find another group of crazy folks to get locked up with in an escape room.