I had a conversation with a friend the other day about fear, and it got me thinking. People’s fears come in all shapes and sizes, so I did some reading and found some interesting things…
The thing I am most scared of is clowns. They have always scared me half to death. I’m not sure if it’s thanks to watching IT when I was about 8 years old, or if it’s something else, but I still – 25+ years Larter can’t be in the same room as a clown.
Even Ronald McDonald freaked me out as a child. I remember my Nanna buying me a china clown doll when I was about 12 years old, and I had to put it into a shoe box, tape the box up with parcel tape, put that box into another box and then tape that one up and put it under my bed before I could go to sleep. When I cleared out my late mum’s house 2 years back, I found those boxes and they went straight to the tip – I couldn’t face opening the box up!
I don’t particularly like spiders, but I wouldn’t run from the room screaming if I saw one. They eat flies, and that’s a plus in my book!
My son’s future is definitely something I worry about, but I wouldn’t necessarily call it a fear. Me dying before he’s an adult and settled in life ranks up there, though. (He’s got Autism and needs a lot of care and support).
Other People’s Fears:
Tanya from Cracked Nails and Split Ends fears children choking, and shared an amazing video from St Johns Ambulance which explained what to do should that ever happen to you. I did a first aid course many years back which focussed heavily on choking, but it was still good to refresh the theory watching the 40 second clip!
Rebecca from I always believed in futures agrees with me when it comes to clowns, but she also fears spiders, being burnt alive and drowning.
What can you do when it comes to overcoming fear? For my clown phobia, avoidance is definitely the plan of action! I cross the street if I see one, decline party invites if I get wind of a clown attending, etc.
When it came to spiders, I just accepted their place in the food chain. I focussed on the fact they get rid of the flies which are a far bigger nuisance in my opinion. (Don’t get me wrong, I doubt I’ll ever hold a Tarantula but I can handle a common house spider now).
When it comes to stuff which is outside of my control, I just try to talk about my fears. I have mentioned previously what friendship means to me, and I think having someone to discuss your concerns with definitely helps. A problem shared is a problem halved, and all that.
If I had a crippling fear, I would definitely seek help for it. How do you tackle your fears?