What am I afraid of? That is a loaded question for most people, but for me it comes down to three things:
Spiders, Snakes, and Failure.
Although this may seem silly to some, it is a very reasonable response to stress and I stand by it. For instance, spiders are like nature’s assassins. They are small, cloaked in black, and trap things in netting. I remember one time I was getting ready for bed and right before I flipped the lights off I saw a spider dart under my bed. I panicked and went as far as lifting my mattress so I could find it. I never did. Needless to say it took me a long time to fall asleep at night. I’m not sure where my fear of spiders comes from, but I know they’re sneaky, they bite, and I don’t have time for that.
Snakes aren’t as bad, but I still don’t care for them. I have only held one once, and I hated the way its skin felt. I also have seen too many nature documentaries about how venomous some snakes are. I don’t particularly appreciate how cobras can spit, or how they can swallow their live prey whole. They can show up in toilets, your front yard, and even your car. If I was driving and found a snake in my car, I would unbuckle my seat belt and hit a tree just to eject myself out of the car. Yeah, it’s that serious.
Failure is a natural fear for everyone. We feel like we won’t reach our potential, or we aren’t good enough to get that promotion we want. It can be hard to find the right motivation when the going gets tough. I find the best thing to do is remember your goals, stay the course, and get your priorities in-line. The worst thing you can do is let fear stand in your way. That’s why I created my website.
I’ve shared my fears. What are some of yours?