5 • Fears And What They Say About Us

5 • Fears And What They Say About Us

There are so many things in life that are labeled ‘strange’, ‘abnormal’ or ‘scary’. But would we still look at things the way we do if society hadn’t marked them that way? Or are our fears just our mental insecurities, manifesting themselves into things we consider acceptable?

What is your greatest fear?
Let me know in the comments!

1. Ghosts

We breathe easy.

Knowing we’re in the safety of our own home. Confined within walls. Behind a deadbolt, with 9-1-1- on speed dial. Ghosts take that security and leave us feeling helpless. Hopeless. To be a person in the presence of a ghost is the all too familiar feeling of being trapped within ourselves. With nowhere to run and nowhere to hide. The mere idea of feeling powerless will always be enough to break us down.

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2. Spiders

Although there are many spiders less dangerous than a bear, we still hold a stronger resentment. A greater sense of fear. We fear spiders and the unknown. We fear the idea of living amongst something so different than us. It’s not surprising that we hate spiders as we’re guilty of looking at everyone ‘different’ than us as though they have 8 legs.

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3. Needles

We HATE sitting in the doctor’s office. Tapping our foot and waiting for a nurse to register our flu shot. And then, just before the needle goes in, we grow anxious. We wait for the sting. Knowing it’s coming and knowing it’s not worth the stress. We torture ourselves in the final seconds, as anticipation has become one of our most agonizing experience.

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4. Heights

With heights comes trust.

We have to trust that we won’t fall. We won’t lose our step and trip, or we won’t fall victim to a push. The idea of our fate being out of our control is unacceptable. The idea of making a mistake or a misstep that ends in more than a scraped knee is overwhelming. One of our greatest comforts in life is knowing there’s a way to get back up after a fall.

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5. The Dark

Nothing tightens our breath or sends chills down our spine like the idea of walking through a dark forest, alone. We know it’s full of trees and timid squirrels, but we know that’s the truth when we’re beneath the sunlight.

The night tells a different story. The night is dark, and quiet, and unknown. We hate when we have to trust that there’s nothing following us and we hate to be lost for we know there are times when the strength of our mind and the strength of our legs, simply isn’t enough.

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  • Of all these, I’d say heights are the worst for me. I’m fine if I am not too close to “the edge”, but I will never scale mountains or jump from a plane, that is for sure. Spiders are a close second. I have a scar between my eyes from a brown recluse. I still react better than my husband, who seems to be afraid of nothing until he sees a spider. The dark? I am fine until there is a noise I don’t recognize and I can’t see what it is. Of course I can’t get out of bed to look. A hand might come out from under the bed and grab my ankle. In all seriousness, I can get past that when I deem it necessary. 😉

    • Hi, Karla!

      At least you’ve learned that you’re most comfortable with both feet on the ground 🙂 I’ve recently encountered people who are scared of heights, even in a confined condo. Do you find this?!

      Good for you to still tackle spiders! I’ll admit, I can’t seem to kill them and ‘clean them’ after. Feels a little humane, but more so makes me squeamish.

      The dark seems to have a strange feeling about it, which certainly scares me the most. Not so much at home but outside.

      Regardless, you sound strong enough to face any fears you have. I give huge credit to that. Thank you so much for commenting! 🙂

  • Most of My 40 fears I’very been writing about are about how I see myself… in relation to others and my place in the world. I think it says that what I find most frightening is human nature.

    • Hi, Jen! I love that you answered with that. Perhaps as we get older, our fears of the dark/heights/etc. are turned into the way we see the world as well as ourselves. That’s what I was underlining in this post. Our fears often hi light our own insecurities.

      “To others and my place in the world”.

      I love that.

      Thank you for sharing 🙂

  • Of the ones you listed, I’d say ghosts. But it’s not like a crippling fear, it’s more like “you stay there and I’ll stay here”. Same as with grasshoppers.

    • HAHA! Hi, Kristina.
      What a perfect answer. You didn’t have to chose from these 5 – but you did so, perfectly.
      Those pesky grasshoppers….

  • I think these are all on my list of fears! Oh dear….thanks for sharing! 🙂

    • Thank you for reading, Allison!

      It was fun finding out what these fears ACTUALLY mean (or at least, my perception). It all comes down to our insecurities, personalities, and of course – society.