Talkative Tuesday: Irrational Fears

Hey everyone! For this week’s Talkative Tuesday, I’d like to talk about fears, a lot of which in my life are completely irrational and the possibility of them becoming a reality is below 1%. However, they are still a part of our lives regardless of statistics. I can’t tell you why this happens, but many of us share the same irrational fears. So maybe knowing that others have them will help you get over them more quickly. Here are some of mine:

Elevators. This may sound either completely ridiculous or completely relatable. Every time I would have to park on the fifth floor at work, I would have to take the stairway down or the elevator. On a good day, I’d make myself go down the stairs and back up at the end of my shift to get some exercise. Other days when I’m feeling lazy, I just take the elevator. Here’s where my irrational fear comes in. Whenever the elevator has reached the floor I need to go to, I rush out of it like something’s chasing me. This usually only happens if I’m going to one of the top floors because I have an irrational fear that the elevator will suddenly drop with me in it. The likelihood of this happening is very low, but I still find myself running out as soon as the doors open. Let me know if this ever happens to you!

Getting lost. If you know me really well, you’re aware that I don’t know directions at all. If I’m going somewhere new, I have absolutely no sense of direction. I’m a very visual person so I know certain streets by what shops or restaurants are near it. So if someone tells me to turn on a certain street, I probably won’t know which one it is. That’s where my fear comes in. If I don’t have my GPS or my phone maps to tell me where to go, I get super nervous. Getting lost or being in an area I don’t know by myself scares the *insert happy poop emoji* out of me!

Sharks/other animals. If you’ve followed my blog for a while, you know a big part of it is influenced by the ocean and surf culture. I have lived by the beach my whole life and it’s a big part of who I am. I have been in the ocean more times than I could ever count, yet every time before I go in the idea of sharks is always in the back of my mind. I don’t think I would call it a full on fear, because I’m generally comfortable in the sea. But why is it still in the back of my mind? So many people worry about creatures like sharks or stingrays, when in reality you are more likely to get into a car accident. Of course it’s smart to be vigilant, but odds are you never have to worry about coming into contact with a shark. It’s much better to watch the tides and be aware of how they change.

Planes. Within the past year, I have done quite a bit of traveling. I went to Boston last Thanksgiving and again during the start of this summer. I also went to Nebraska during the fall of last year. For me, that is WAY more traveling than I am used to. I absolutely loved all of it, but both Boston and the Midwest require a bit of plane travel. However, when I have to get on a plane, my anxiety is at its peak. After 9/11, fear of planes and security in airports rose tremendously. So it’s understandable why some would be afraid. The weird thing is, terrorism isn’t something I’m afraid of; I put my life in God’s hands and that’s that. So I’m honestly not sure why I’m so afraid of flying. I imagine the plane simply coming apart during turbulence (maybe watching Lost has made this fear seem more real) but the possibility of this happening is extremely low, possibly nonexistent. So next time you’re on a plane, try not to sweat it as much as I do, because it’s not worth your worry.

And let’s not forget, spiders are always up there on the irrational fear list. Those little eight legged things that are smaller than half an inch could make me run out of the house in an instant. Anyone who can stand spiders near them, good on you because I definitely CANNOT.

Alright I hope you guys found this entertaining or something you could understand yourself. Remember any fear you have is only a thought and will probably never even happen! Don’t sweat the small stuff and focus on what’s important, because you’ll be okay! <3

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