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!