Halloween is right around the corner. Halloween shops are popping up around town, people are putting up decorations, and leaves are turning brown.
So in honor of my favorite holiday, I’d thought I’d do the top 5 things that scare me the most. To up the ante, I’d thought I’d do this post at the stroke of midnight. I’ll even be posting terrifying examples of my fears.
As usual for my top 5 lists, there are rules for this list. This list is a physical list of things. Things that exist in the world, and not a list of emotional fears. Fears that I could/have come in contact with. These things make me scream or create fear in my belly at the sight of them. Are you ready to enter into the dark, sweat inducing, heart beating world of my fears? Let’s start off with an easy one..
5) Airplane Turbulence.
I’ve flown all my life. It wasn’t until about 1992 when my family was flying back from California to Texas that everything changed. We hit a really bad bit of turbulence and that’s when this fear of mine was born. I couldn’t even watch this entire video without my palms sweating. To this day, I have to take the maximum amount of Dramamine each time I fly or I will have a severe panic attack on the plane. And yes, I’ve had a severe panic attack on a plane before. It wasn’t pretty and people kept staring. I think it’s the idea of being trapped somewhere with no way out, as the plane free falls, a long and terrifying death, that terrifies me the most. Heck, just walking into an airport makes me super nervous. Whew. onto my next fear. 4) Ice and Tornadoes.
I live in Texas. Ice is a rare thing but in recent years, it’s gone from rare to almost common in February. This year, we had at least 5 days of iced roads. I was scared to walk on it let alone drive on it. It was a nightmare. I’ve skidded before on ice and it was terrifying. Losing control of a vehicle as it careens off the road is horrible. And you’d thinking living in Texas, I’d be used to tornadoes. WRONG. While I’m thankfully never been in one, I’ve come awful close several times. Every spring, there’s a small part of me that fills with dread. Will this be the year one finally greets me? I sure as hell hope not. We’re heading towards the top three. Let’s keep going while I still can.. 3) Heights.
This fear could go hand in hand with my airplane turbulence fear. At one job many years ago, Every couple of months, I had to go up a reaaaaallllllly tall ladder to scan items at the very top of shelves. By the time I got down, my armpits, hands, head, were all soaked with sweat. I had to take a break afterwards to calm myself down, drink some water, and generally dry off. I’m 5’3 people. I like the view of my world at my height. I can’t even ride rollercoasters. I’m not sure where this fear began but heights terrify me to my core. I don’t even like driving on really high bridges, I grip the steering wheel when I do. One of the few good things about living in texas? Lots of flat land. Ok three down..two to go. These next two are about to get..squirmy. 2) RATS (mice they are all the same!!)