I have lots of legitimate fears, some typical ones, and some completely irrational ones.
I am not afraid of spiders or snakes or mice or clowns or needles.
My worst fears are that terrible things will happen to my loved ones.
My typical fears are things like merging into speeding traffic across multiple lanes, or getting stuck in an elevator.
And then there are my irrational fears. Whenever I walk to my car holding my car keys, I’m afraid I will drop them down a storm drain. Weirder still, when I pass a mail box, I am afraid I will accidentally drop my keys into it and not be able to retrieve them. Why am I so hung up on losing my keys?
I have heard of people who won’t walk over a bridge because they’re afraid they will jump off.
For many years I hated the thought of anyone hearing me in a public washroom, but I am (mostly) over that.
I am afraid of getting stuck for days in a public place with thousands of other people, like an airport (with all flights out cancelled) or an evacuation centre. I need to spend a good amount of time each day away from other people – or away from “the public” at least – so being stuck in the midst of a mass of humanity scares me silly!
I have an irrational fear of being taken hostage and being tortured. I can’t stand the idea of being helpless and at the mercy of someone cruel. Since I don’t travel to dangerous locales and I don’t have any cash value as a hostage, I reckon I’m safe!
I don’t spend any time obsessing over these things, but once in a while I get a little “jolt” as one of them comes to mind.
I am fortunate that I live in a place where rights and freedoms are respected, no matter how much I might joke to the contrary.
What are your irrational fears?