I have flown in a small plane, with a corpse in a body bag knocking against my leg. I have been thrown around by a wild and terrible storm in the belly of a small transport plane - unable to fly below it because of the mountains or above it because of the lack of oxygen.
I was so affected by having guns pointed at my head by murderous thugs from the Sultan of Oman's Royal Guard just before attending a British Embassy reception next door that I still have problems holding my nerve in crowded and noisy rooms.
The only time I have been abseiling with members of the special forces resulted in me clinging onto the rope for dear life halfway down a ten-storey building, knees smashed, head banged up and wondering who I was and what the hell was I doing there when there were perfectly good stairs inside.
I've met and chatted with royalty, presidents and politicians. I've gatecrashed a royal VIP reception in a palace along with a Sunday Times journalist and a UK press photographer - managing to bump into His Majesty and His Majesty's bodyguards in the process. Oops.
And which of these experiences have had my heart beating fastest? None of them.
Waiting for a review of your book is the most stressful experience of all. When a stranger puts their own opinion of your work in front of thousands of other people who highly value that person's thoughts, it gets your heart and your mind racing. Can you actually write? Were the anecdotes funny? Will other people understand what you're getting at or are you a sad golfer in your own, sad golfing world? Putting your book in the hands of reviewers means you're about to find out.
Many thanks to Matt Holbrook for taking the trouble to read You! A Golf Guru! and deciding it was worth reviewing for Golfshake.com.
Believe me, I'm delighted and relieved that you liked it!