Fear is a funny thing. I never understood the popular TV series, Fear Factor, although I occasionally watched out of morbid curiosity. Some of the challenges, seemed more like “let’s be as disgusting as possible to get TV ratings and cause mass vomiting” rather than “man up and face your fears to win $$$”. Drinking puree’d caterpillars or laying in a bed full of worms wouldn’t exactly scare me, but it would give me the heebie jeebies and I’d probably opt out before the first challenge had even begun.
Anyway, I think we all have our own idea what constitutes as fear, and our own validations as to why. That said, here are my 3 Legitimate Fears and how they became so:
- Bugs – I don’t like most bugs. I find them creepy. The more segments they have, the freakier they are to me. Ants are a huge one for me… Owning our own home which came with it’s own mini-jungle (untamed wrap-around flower garden neglected by the previous owner for 1 decade+) kind of screams “Please join us for lunch ants!!!!!” – So we have to be very proactive to keep them at bay during the warmer months… When I find an ant in my kitchen, the whole block knows about it, because I involuntarily let out a blood-curdling scream loud enough to wake the dead. Spiders, crickets, and other creepy little bugs also gross me out, and mosquitoes just piss me off!
- [Origin: I’ve just been creeped out by them for as long as I can remember..]
- Disease – I don’t like to acknowledge this one, because I like to keep my thoughts positive, but let’s be real, it’s a fear. I think my husband has accused me of being a hypochondriac quite a few times over the years, and hey I’ll admit I used to be way worse… At the first sign of a headache or a rash on my toe I’d google my “symptoms and the worrying would start. Lots of praying, reading God’s word, and also just realizing I was being ridiculous has sort of helped ease my irrational fears, but the “what ifs” still loom in the back of my head.
[Origin: IMO, the internet age, the information highway, knowledge might be power but it’s scary!]
- The path my kids choose – This one is something I’m sure every parent struggles with… Am I doing the right things? Saying the right things? Will they stay with the Lord? Will they fall in love, have their hearts broken, get married, have children of their own? Etc..etc…etc… Obviously it’s not a nagging/crippling fear, and I trust God to protect them, it’s just one of those things I wonder about… maybe not exactly a fear, but close enough! Fear for the unknown I guess would be a better description.
[Origin: Becoming a mom.]
Well, there you have it. I’m sure there’s more than that, but those were the first 3 I thought of, and felt led to write about! What are YOU afraid of?