Recognizing what frightens you most is the best way to get over it. So I challenge each of you to come up with a list of what frightens you most. You don’t have to share it, but write it down so you can think about it. Once you’re truly aware of WHAT frightens you, its easier to overcome it.
Of course, I’m not saying you have to overcome all your fears – that’s a) impossible and b) impractical – because fears are a fact of life. It’s what has kept our ancestors alive for thousands of years.
- I don’t really mind spiders too much, AS LONG AS THEY STAY OUTSIDE. But if they come in my house, so help me lord.
- Being alone
- Getting stuck in a crowded place
- Being startled or surprised
- A part of the PTSD I have occasional trouble with (less than I used to) is triggered by being grabbed or snuck up on.
- Loosing my friends
- People not being who I thought // Being wrong about someone’s personality
- Holiday shopping
- Or maybe I’m more afraid of the possibility of falling
- And most sharp objects. When I was a kid, my father suffered from a massive brain injury, so my mom had to hide all the knives, scissors, etc. That means at the age when most people were just getting used to things like that, they were “taboo” in my house.
- Becoming too dependent on my medication
- My half brother suffered from drug addiction, and my grandfather had alcoholism