My Top 10 Fears
Lately, I’ve developed some anxiety over a few things, so I decided to list my all-time fears. Here they go:
10. STAIRS!: I’ve been on crutches for about five weeks now and have several more weeks yet to go. My office is located on the second floor and I’ve had some close calls. A view from the top looks like an unending, terrifying, decent into a trip to the ER. It makes my palms sweat just thinking about it. I will be relocating to the first floor.
9. Appendix bursting: It just makes me cringe. We don’t even need it!
8. Flying solo: I actually took flying lessons when I was younger. Pretty cool, until there’s no instructor along for the ride. I was unprepared, and when I realized I was lost and low on fuel, I had a panic attack. Fortunately, my training and sheer will to survive kicked in, and I was able to use landmarks to guide me back to the runway. That was the last time I flew an airplane.
7. Achilles Tendon rupture: I’ve always had this fear, but it has intensified into a full-blown phobia ever since my doctor told me I have a 75 percent tear in mine. The words “snap” and “pop” have made me hate Rice Krispies.
6. Heights: I should qualify this by saying I am not afraid as long as I know I am sufficiently tethered to something that is somewhat reliable. I have jumped out of perfectly good airplanes, bungie jumped, and climbed cliffs, but I knew I was protected to a reasonable degree of certainty. But put me on top of a roof or a questionable balcony, and I flip out.
5. Nail grinders: It’s a long story.
4. Breaking a bone: I have never broken a bone, and I never wish that on anyone. My son has made me watch enough YouTube videos of the really bad, pop-through-the-skin type breaks, to know this has to be one of the most painful injuries on Earth.
3. Physical pain: It’s a common theme with me. (See above).
2. SHARKS!: Not really, but I just had to. 1. Something happening to a loved one: While most fears tend to involve something happening to one’s self, I would much rather something awful happen to me over a loved-one any day.