Fear is a necessary side effect of the human condition. We all are afraid of something. But what purpose do fears serve apart scaring the living daylights out of us? Can fear be a good thing?
To answer these questions I’ll tell you some of my fears. I’d like to start by issuing a disclaimer. About 90% of my fears are stupid and irrational. I’m far more terrified of things that will probably never kill me than things that I should actually be concerned about. I’m a living breathing fear paradox and these are some of them.
Seriously who made these? They look like humans minus the face and skin color. I swear I’m just waiting for the day that one of these walks off the display stand and kills us all. KILLS US ALL!
Nothing good ever happens in a corn field….
Okay so I fear mirrors for three very distinct reasons…
Exhibit A. Two way mirrors. I don’t know who’s on the other side watching. I’ve seen CSI. I know what goes down.
Exhibit B. Imagine driving your car at night. Everything’s cool until BAM! you look in your rear-view mirrors and there’s a dude in your backseat. Or you look up from washing your face and there’s a person in your bathroom. No thank you mirror. I don’t want to see a murderer in my personal space.
Exhibit C. Creepy phantom men sing to you from inside of a mirror and then take you into their creepy opera house layer. Phantom of the Opera is obviously based on a true story. I’m not risking that.
Okay so this one is kind of a mixed reaction. If I ever saw Voldemort I would probably be overcome with terror but at the same time filled with an undescribable excitement because he was real. So basically I would probably die, but I would be happy about it.
I know that you have a better chance of being killed by a car than one of these but I think it’s the whole thought of being 30,000 FEET ABOVE THE GROUND! After living in Florida and having a best friend that lives in Texas, you think I’d be used to these but I’m not. Terrifying. Absolutely terrifying.
6) Unexplained Fog
Obviously this means dementors are near.
7) Swimming in bodies of water
Maybe this is just some leftover fear from living in Orlando, but I won’t swim in lakes or anything of the sort. In Florida it’s pretty much a well known rule that if there’s water, there’s a gator. If I can’t see what’s under me, I don’t like it. That’s all I need is for some prehistoric creature to swim up from the depths of Horsetooth and eat me.
Looking at some of my fears written out into a list, I have to say that I feel kind of stupid. Who is afraid of mirrors? Logically I know that some masked man isn’t going to appear in my mirror but the fear is still there. How can this irrational fear help me? Well I’ve always been a steadfast believer in confronting fears.
I think that every fear which we are able to face we become a better, stronger person. I don’t go out of my way to avoid mannequins at the store (I just keep a very close eye on them), I confront them. I swim in random bodies of water even though it freaks me out (I do however always have an exit strategy). And…well…if Voldemort suddenly appeared I’m not sure what I would do, but you get the idea.
But what about those fears that aren’t concrete? I’m scared of losing people I love or being isolated from them. I’m afraid of not being accepted for who I am. I’m scared of hurting others unintentionally. And finally, I’m terrified of becoming a teacher. There isn’t any concrete object that I can face and a lot of these situations never get easier, despite having faced them before.
However I still have to face them. Yes I’m terrified of becoming a bad teacher but that’s not going to stop me from trying to be a good one. Our lives can’t be defined by fear but fear is necessary in our lives.
Because without fear, how do we know what’s really worth it?
So class let’s think about what scares us and how that can help us grow.
Tell me about your fears!