Last week I discovered an intriguing series called Fear Confessions on Paper Fort Studio. Krystle, the designer and illustrator behind the blog, asks fellow creatives to share real-life stories about their fears and the ways they’ve overcome them. From fear of success to fear of grasshoppers, guest bloggers reveal the things that scare them the most.
My friend Erika recently revealed that she’s afraid of riding a bicycle. It’s not her only fear, she admitted, but it’s one of her “strangest” ones. Erika’s #fearconfession got me thinking: What am I afraid of?
I share many of the same large-scale fears as other guest bloggers from the Fear Confessions series: fear of rejection, fear of success, fear of the unknown, fear of commitment, and fear of not being good enough. I also have very specific (if not slightly irrational) fears. For example, like Krystle, I’m afraid of talking on the phone. (I even wrote about my “telephobia” back in 2010.)
Another of my more random fears is falling down stairs. Now, I’ve never fallen down a flight of stairs (at least I don’t remember ever falling down a staircase), but I’m terrified by the possibility. My fear is not paralyzing; I don’t live in a ranch-style home and will, obviously, walk up and down the stairs. But I frequently have visions of myself falling headfirst down a staircase, especially when I’m carrying Levi. That’s why I always, always hold on to the railing. And walk slowly. And yell at JB when he’s running up or down the stairs.
Now it’s your turn. What are you afraid of?
Please share your fears — big or small — in the comments below. You might be surprised to learn that your fear is not as uncommon as you may have thought.
PS: A scary dream I had when I was pregnant. I think many people are afraid of giving birth!
I would need a whole blog for myself to talk about all my fears. But to make myself seem less crazy, I’ll just put a few. I have a fear of the dark, airports, navigating new environments, have a fear of flying because I don’t want to plunge to my death (rather just be poof out of misery and not know), I too have thoughts of falling down the stairs and last I have a fear of seeing ghosts/spirits. Go ahead, you can feel “normal” now! 🙂
Not to be morbid, but my biggest fear is losing my husband and son. I won’t ramble on about it here and bum your readers out, but here’s the whole story. xo
Yes, I occasionally have that same fear, too. Thank you for sharing your personal — and truly beautiful — story. xx
I can totally relate to your fear of stairs! Mine stems from a fear of heights and really bad depth perception. My irrational fear when it comes to Gates is being in a car crash. It’s so much on my mind that I’ve made sure we don’t have any loose objects in the car. I have my husband and parents trained to check their cars before starting a drive with Gates. I have no idea where it comes from.
Being in a car crash is another big fear of mine. However, I never considered what might happened if loose objects are in the car. Another reason to keep a neat and tidy car, I guess! Thanks so much for sharing, Eden.