Top 10 Things That Are Not for the Faint of Heart

There are many things out there that are too tough and even downright scary for those who are faint of heart.
The Top Ten
1 Space Travel

Elon Musk is planning to send people to Mars in a few years. That may sound like a fantasy, but it takes logical use of resources and time to construct a rocket with astronauts. The traveling space crew will stay seated in the spaceship for weeks or months, cramped inside. Once the crew members of SpaceX land on Mars, they will make their first footsteps on the surface. Later, the astronauts will take pictures, collect rock samples, and return safely on the ship back to Earth. Amazing, right?

2 Pregnancy

Pregnancy is the period when a baby develops inside a female, who then becomes a mother. It's also the top thing here that isn't suitable for the faint of heart. While it varies from woman to woman, in many cases, there's incomprehensible and relentless suffering that's indescribable and full of pain lasting for 9 months (0.75 years).

Along with that are injuries that keep building and don't go away until the end, at childbirth. Hunger and thirst are increased, and blood pressure is diluted, leading to fainting spells and blackouts. Body temperature is increased, as is the sweat rate and likelihood of dehydration, making one have to drink much more than usual. Many are more tired than ever and want to sleep but have to keep waking up to go to the restroom.

Headaches and body aches aside, many uncontrollable cramps or contractions occur and keep building and speeding up as time goes on until birth. Heartburn and the heart-in-your-throat feeling (like on a roller coaster but stronger) from acid reflux take place. Near the end, the baby presses against the lungs and rib cage, causing further internal pain and making breathing nearly impossible. Good sleep becomes tough to near impossible, leaving expectant mothers sleep-deprived. Muscle tears and severe back pain are inevitable too.

Childbirth is the grand finale of pregnancy and arguably the most extreme and painful part, where the baby comes out, leading to a most likely permanent injury in the area that the baby caused for the mother. This is after 9 whole months of all that unimaginably excruciating and miserable torture. It's said to be the #1 thing worth any amount of suffering, as the baby brings the most joy you'll ever get on Earth.

I haven't been pregnant before, but I've learned at school and the doctor what it is and how it occurs. I know everyone's pregnancies are different, so this is a generalized comment. One thing is for sure: pregnancy is absolutely not for the faint of... more

3 Jobs

You thought school was hard in your life? Well, some jobs put even school to shame. Jobs such as factory work, construction work, and even mail delivery are physically and mentally stressful. Doing them every day takes a major toll on your health, and the mental peer pressure only adds to it. Plus, the anticipation of such jobs drives anxiety high.

If you're doing a job to make the money you want for things, then it may be worth all the hassle. But if you can't take your job, just remember such jobs aren't suitable for the faint of heart.

4 Thrill Rides

Thrill rides are a staple in amusement and theme parks. They are defined by an uncontrollable sense of fear and panic that triggers adrenaline, usually caused by a lack of control in such environments. Roller coasters are the most famous examples of thrill rides. These rides take you up to extreme heights in open vehicles, and you go down multiple drops. Sometimes you go through inversions and loops. Each movement affects your stomach and heart, making them unsuitable for those with any weaknesses or heart problems.

These rides elevate your heart rate and blood pressure due to anticipation and the actual experience. Therefore, they aren't advisable for people with heart problems or high blood pressure. The fluctuating g-forces and motion make them bad for people prone to motion sickness, who are consequently prohibited from riding. The rides also have restraints, making them challenging for people with claustrophobia and likely to trigger anxiety.

Thrill rides are not for the faint of heart for any reason, although kiddie coasters are less intense and designed for young children. Another consideration is that these rides are known for long lines, and you stand in them for extended periods. The long waits, combined with the physical and mental stress, can build up anxiety but also make the ride experience more thrilling.

Other examples of thrill rides include drop towers, where you ascend in an elevator and then plummet. Some, like the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror at Walt Disney World, incorporate random drops to elevate the thrills. Simulators such as Flight of Passage, also at Walt Disney World, offer highly realistic immersion, making guests feel like they're flying uncontrollably thousands of feet in the air without enclosures.

Such rides also have psychological elements that contribute to the sense of thrill. They are designed to give riders the illusion of danger, impending doom, and even death. Signs often indicate that guests... more

5 Athletics

Athletics involve work that puts major physical stress on the body. Many athletes sweat excessively, increasing the risk of dehydration. Remember to always stay hydrated. They develop injuries that build up over time and become painful and torturous. As the work becomes repetitive, the toll it takes is usually huge and ever-present.

Things like marathons and even ultra marathons pack an almighty punch, leaving you out of breath and your heart racing as that's the organ most under physical stress. This makes them bad for people with heart conditions. All of that proves this isn't for the faint of heart.

6 Rocket Launch Experiences

Rockets are known to be so powerful that they overwhelm everything even miles away. Some rockets are so powerful that their flames can burn your eyes from miles away, just like staring directly at the sun unprotected. The noise and vibrations are indescribable and are felt more than heard, causing severe ear pain and loss, violent vibrations that feel like a heart attack, and rattling your bones and teeth from miles away.

People who have been a few miles from such rockets say there are no words to describe the power and experience, proving it's overwhelming and thrilling. People have even compared them to violent wars. When rockets land, which SpaceX just achieved in the last couple of years, sonic booms occur, which are likened to airstrikes and nearly give people heart attacks. They far surpass even the biggest firework displays you'll ever witness. All of this becomes part of your memories and haunts them forever.

7 Driving

Driving is known to be a major trigger for anxiety in many people. The thought and fear of getting into an accident or something tamer like failing the driving test can make you nervous and scared of the unknown. The fear of death springs to mind, and that's an unknown that triggers anxiety in many people.

Driving also puts stress on the feet over time. Driving is certainly not for the faint of heart (or feet).

8 College

College involves 4 to 6 years of hard, time-consuming work and studies. Some exams can lead to all-nighters, which are crazy. Whether it's peer or self-pressure, it has an impact on your daily life and health. College helps you earn degrees and gain knowledge, but that's after 4 to 6 years of hard work. It's definitely not for the faint of heart.

9 Horror Movies

Horror movies may be classic, but they're made for a reason. There's suspense, scary scenery, and jump scares. At home, they may seem simple, but at a movie theater, they're a whole different experience. Movie theaters give people the real experience of watching horror movies. They're known to give guests a thrill and often haunt dreams afterward.

Some are really disturbing to watch for me, and I'm not the kind of guy who is easily disgusted or scared by gore.

10 The Dark Web
The Contenders
11 Conventions

Conventions are one of those things many think look like fun - a world of stuff to enjoy and get together to celebrate. While that does happen, they're more than that. They involve crowded and stressful environments where you're crammed in with many people, making them nightmares for claustrophobics.

Not to mention, they involve a series of extremely long lines and wait times. Convention centers and other activities within them have super long lines, often off the charts. The combination of queues can put severe physical and mental stress on everyone there.

Imagine wanting to do all the fun things and even go to the restroom, but you have to wait many hours for either. Unlike Disneyland, where you can FastPass attractions, there's no FastPass for conventions. Many people, unfortunately, miss out on many things due to long wait times. Being in crowds makes it hard to control oneself, and social anxiety abounds. Many who didn't think they had anxiety might discover it at conventions.

Plus, you never know what others want to say to you, which drives the fear of the unknown. Announcements about what's going on and who is attending can be extreme anxiety triggers. The unknown of whether what you went for happens or doesn't happen is a major factor for anxiety.

At big cities on New Year's Eve, there are crowds, and you spend your day waiting for the countdown, but at least you know there's a countdown coming and that it's the new year. At conventions, there's no knowing whether what you intended will happen. Security issues add to all the stress and fear.

There's lots of walking, poor sleep, and potential hissy fits. Planning to attend is unbelievably hard, certainly not for the faint of heart. Conventions are costly, and many even have to fly to attend, proving they aren't good for people with agoraphobia (fear of stressful situations).

At the end of the last day, you feel like you've run a marathon. I've been to Star Wars... more

12 Relationships

Seriously, they have struggles and sacrifices and involve doing things for others out of love. Sometimes they let others go on thrill rides, sometimes scary movies, and definitely tough challenges. It's not for the faint of heart.

I don't know if I'm ready to be in a relationship. It really scares me.

I want to find love, have a family, and share the rest of my life with the woman I love. But I just don't want to mess up or have my heart broken by the one I love.

13 Fandoms

Enjoy what you enjoy. Fandoms can get toxic fast, especially if the fandom is for something extremely popular.

14 Guns

We were supposed to use guns for defense, and they are powerful. Using black powder for energy releases bullets. The sound of a gunshot is loud and startling, and a bullet hits you fast enough to cause an excruciating and nasty wound.

The worst part is nowadays people are using them to kill each other for no reason. Hate and terrorism have impacted our world and scared many lives, both normal and famous, and taken away lives as well.

Guns were for defense in the Wild West era.

15 Doki Doki Literature Club!
16 Donald Trump Donald John Trump (born June 14, 1946) is an American businessman, television personality, politician, and the 45th President of the United States. Born and raised in Queens, New York City, Donald J. Trump received an economics degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1968... read more
17 Condoms
18 Mother 2
19 Google Google is an American multinational technology company specializing in Internet-related services and products. These include online advertising technologies, search, cloud computing, and software.

Google tracks your data and locations, causing panic and making you feel unsafe. Switch to Searx instead.

The world's largest censorship and spyware platform. Definitely not for the faint of heart.

20 Denmark Denmark is a Nordic country in Northern Europe. It is the most populous and politically central constituent of the Kingdom of Denmark, a constitutionally unitary state that includes the autonomous territories of the Faroe Islands and Greenland in the North Atlantic Ocean. European Denmark is the southernmost... read more
21 Concerts

Concerts involve lots of planning, expensive tickets, loud music, and crowds. Music can be catchy and keep one wanting to experience it, but loud sounds are also known to be painful and dangerous. OSHA has laws on noise levels, and concerts are among the things that put people at risk of hearing loss as they approach high dB levels (typically 100-114 dB). Hearing loss is often permanent, like a tattoo. Once you lose your hearing enough, you can't get it back.

Concerts are like drugs and smoking - they're addicting over time, but they pose hazards and dangers that sneak up on you even when you don't realize it. If you're concerned about safety, then you'll know they definitely aren't for the faint of heart.

22 Vaccines

Vaccines go with doctors' appointments, which I put on the list. The COVID-19 vaccines are especially not for the faint of heart, as they're known to cause some pretty bad symptoms depending on the person. You have to get them twice in the same month or year. You have to wait a whopping 28 days (4 weeks or the length of February) for a booster shot from the Moderna vaccine, though only 21 days (3 weeks) for the Pfizer booster shot. All in all, those getting the vaccines also get the booster shots, meaning you experience them again.

Pfizer requires annual shots like the flu vaccine does, meaning torturous symptoms every year.

23 Hospitals

Hospitals are places where appointments like surgery take place. They're often known for giving people fear. Yet the most famous thing done there is surgery. The effects of surgery before, during, and after can be quite a surprise.

The first is fasting for much of your day, risking dehydration, famine, and exhaustion. Anesthetics involve either drinking or injections, both of which are nasty surprises. Then the operation takes place. The aftermath can also be quite intense, and not everyone is excited about surgery.

24 Long Lines

Long lines are known for being very stressful & even downright nasty. They're common at amusement parks along with airports & convention centers, & when people queue together on crowds, long lines form. Wait times can be hours long & involve standing in them. To stand that long is unhealthy & puts a toll on the body & health & the physical stress is also added into the mental stress of queuing. People can get into hissy fits & even panic attacks depending on the wait times & environments. The worst places to wait in line are outside during hot days, where people are subject to heat-related conditions & likelier to get dehydrated. Yet being outside for hours leads to overexposure to the Sun's ultraviolet rays, causing sun damage & putting guests at risk of cancers, making sunscreen important. Sometimes outside there are thunderstorms (which was exactly what happened when people waited more than half a day to ride the new Harry Potter roller coaster at Universal Fl) putting people at further risk of getting hit by lightning. Yet all that makes planning to go to an amusement/theme park or convention hard. I know the term patience is a virtue, but standing for a long time in line isn't healthy nor for the faint of heart, though the #1 thing people would wait all day in line for is meeting their favorite stars.

25 Porn

I am a young teen girl who has watched porn, and believe me, it is harder than you think!

Porn is not good for anybody, period, and shouldn't be done.

Nothing wrong with porn. It is when porn controls you that it becomes bad, but that is true of a lot of things.

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