Friday, 6 May 2011

THINGS I AM SCARED OF . . .

  • DYING - this is pretty much my biggest fear. Or is it the idea that there may not necessarily be anything AFTER death? Maybe it's the idea of complete oblivion, of nothingness, that scares me most. (I could probably make a complete post out of just that, but it's Friday night and I'm not feeling quite angsty enough.)
  • CREEPY-CRAWLIES - mainly spiders. I talked about them once before. They freak me out. But anything creepy crawly gives me the heebie-jeebies. Unfortunately in old buildings such as my flat, you get a ton of 'em. Yuck! (Cue full body shiver.) Oh, and speaking of creepy-crawly things, I also hate snakes. They are too slithery and sneaky for my liking. (Another shiver.)
  • FLYING - Between the ages of 11 and 25 I didn't go on a plane at all, and I don't know if this, combined with a morbid fascination of reading about plane crashes (I know - wtf???) has shaped this fear. I probably fly a few times a year nowadays, sometimes even voluntarily and I STILL am convinced I am going to die in a crash in the run up to every flight. I don't know how air hostesses and pilots can go on planes daily voluntarily FOR A LIVING. I fly down to London occasionally for work - one day I said to a colleague that I was convinced my death will be down to a plane crash, and his response was: "Well, don't expect ME to ever fly to London with you." Thanks for that . . . What also freaks me out are the safety instructions that, in the instance of having to exit the plane via the emergency chute, that you must leave all belongings behind you. The part of me who always grabs all my belongings during a fire drill in work balks at that. What? Leave my passport behind??? I might be about to slide into the ocean and possibly be eaten by sharks, but . . . WHAT IF I CAN'T GET BACK INTO MY COUNTRY??? What can I say, my priorities are a little skewed.
  • HIGH BUILDINGS/HEIGHTS IN GENERAL - even before 9/11, overly tall buildings freaked me out. I looked at the pictures of that impossibly high building in Dubai with feelings of mild horror rather than feeling remotely impressed. The idea of the glass floors on the skydeck on the "Willis Tower" (which will always be the Sears Tower to me) make butterflies travel around my stomach. As does the idea of a man walking a tightrope between the ill-fated Twin Towers. Or a man climbing up the outside of high buildings, a la Alain Robert. Good God, I've come over all faint just typing all that.
  • THE DENTIST - hence the reason why I'm hoping the horrid toothache I'm experiencing tonight will go away on its own. The only reason why I ever went to the dentist as a child was because we were herded there as a family en masse. Anything that sounds remotely like a dentist's drill instills fear in my heart.
  • WAKING UP TO FIND A STRANGER IN MY ROOM - given that this has actually already happened to me, it perhaps shouldn't still be a fear. But it is. I always put my kettlebell in front of my door before I go to bed (the lock on my door doesn't work properly). It might not keep anyone out for long, but at least it will make enough of a noise to wake me up!

What scares YOU?

8 comments:

  1. Snakes. Big time. I can't touch plastic ones, I can't even touch a picture of one eughhh. I think its because my parents made me kiss one when I was about 3 at an alligator farm on holiday hahaha x

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  2. I just posted about one of my fears - FALLING! Like, falling down a cliff or falling into a gorge. Yeah. Weird. It's not really fear of heights though...
    http://www.100mileshighway.com/2011/05/are-you-afraid-of-heights/

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  3. I am not afraid of dying, but I am afraid of suffering.

    I am afraid of clowns, car-washes and thunderstorms.

    I have a huge phobia of vomiting.

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  4. Can I just say, I LOVE your blog - you are hilarious. I live in Victoria British Columbia, Canada, otherwise I feel like we would for sure be bffs! Hope I'm not scaring you:)I'm not a stalker, don't worry!
    OK, about the snakes, it's not the slithery part that freaks me out, it's the fact they can eat things like....cows or dogs or whatever, whole LIVE and it somehow contorts down their long slithery throats. I mean WTF!!! My biggest fear for sure would be abandonment. Whether its my husband leaving me, my parents disowning me to my mates leaving me behind at a bar, it's scary shit!

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  5. How about a serial killer?

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  6. I am so scared of dying as well!

    But sometimes I comfort myself in thinking... if energy can neither be created nor destroyed... maybe when we die, our energies will live on in some way.

    I don't know. Wishful thinking, I guess, but I will still take that over thinking that there is nothing beyond this life.

    -L

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  7. Your first one is TOTALLY me!! I could have written that myself. I can sit here and freak myself out just thinking about what you said! I have to literally slap myself lol

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  8. I don't like squid, octopi, eels... *shudder*

    I don't know if I have any other fears, as such - maybe it's like Harry Potter, my greatest fear is fear itself?

    God knows.

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