I've had what I consider to be a slight fear of unknown chairs. I know to some it sounds dumb, you see a chair, you sit in it what's the problem. But when you're 300+ pounds, it isn't always that simple. I have to be thankful that I have never broken a chair that I've sat on. There are those who have and I think I've come close a time or two, you feel the legs spreading a little bit and I jump up and say I've been sitting all day, thanks I'd rather stand!
Often at outdoor events, barbecue's, gatherings that sort of thing I would often stand, or lean against something rather than sit. I didn't want to be responsible for breaking someones lawn chair. I would be mortified to do so! Those little canvas chairs that push together and you carry around like a back pack, yeah, I've never sat in one of those, although I figured if it didn't break, it would take a crane to get me up and out of the darned thing. I've felt uncomfortable sitting on some chairs in restaurants, and at other peoples houses
I have a severe fear of folding chairs. You know the type that most rec centres have, the grey or blue ones that fold out and and you can stack them 50 high. I've always been afraid to use them, a girl in high school who wasn't heavy had one break on her and I felt her pain and mortification. I could imagine that happening to me and being teased mercilessly for it.
I sat down in a folding chair recently while volunteering at a trade show without even thinking about it. Until I was sitting down, then I remembered when I was volunteering at the same event last year, I wanted to sit, I was tired, my feet hurt, my back was aching and I was miserable. I sat in the chair for all of 30 seconds, because I could feel how wobbly the legs were and I was afraid of the chair going down, taking me with it.
It seems like such a little thing, being able to have a seat when and where you want to doesn't it. I'm so glad that I can now do that without thinking about it. Without being worried about whether or not the chair would hold me.