As Halloween is approaching soon and all things spooky are starting to appear, I thought I’d do a post all about fears and phobias. There are some fears I’ve overcome and some things that still make me cower into a corner. There are things that people are afraid of that I just can’t understand and things that make me sweat with fear that seem really stupid to others. I always find it really interesting to know what different things people are scared of.
Yes, you read that correctly – cotton wool. This is actually something that doesn’t really bother me too much anymore but I thought it would be an interesting one to bring up. I seem to have overcome it now but a couple of years ago I couldn’t even think straight knowing I was in the same room as the stuff. I hated it that much that someone in sixth form rubbed some in my face as a prank and I instinctively punched them in the face. I’m the least violent person ever so that was quite an outburst for me. I think it was that weird, squeaky sort of texture that sets your teeth on edge except I seemed to have it x10 to the point it would make me shake, cry and feel like throwing up. What’s strange is I didn’t actively try to get rid of this phobia but I slowly introduced cotton wool back into my life. When I got more into skincare I bit the bullet and bought some cotton pads, these aren’t as bad because they’re compact and you don’t get as much of a horrible texture as the balls – I still can’t go near the balls and I don’t even like thinking about them.
This one is obviously a very common one but it’s the one that annoys me the most because I don’t want to be afraid of them. Unless they’re actually poisonous there’s absolutely no need to be scared of them but I literally can’t help it. I think they just have too many legs. What I find even worse than spiders are crane flies because they’re basically flying spiders and their long legs freak me out so badly. I can’t be in the same room as one or I’ll just be constantly on edge. When I was younger I didn’t even like the tiniest of spiders and I used to freak out if even a money spider crawled by me. I’m not as bad now because I’ll happily let a very small spider crawl on me but when they get any bigger, it’s just not okay. The worst things ever are the viral videos of millions of spiders crawling out of nests or big ones jumping out at people. I’ve made myself itchy now. Let’s move on.
This doesn’t apply to swimming pools or anything else clear where you can see what’s beneath you. The fear is anywhere like the sea where you can’t really see what’s beneath you because I’m afraid of what could be there. I get scared of accidentally stepping on a sharp rock and cutting my foot which happened to me once when I was little so I think that’s what triggered it. I also once saw a boy on holiday run out of the sea screaming that he’d been stung by a jellyfish and ever since then I get really nervous about it happening to me. I don’t let this stop me from going in the sea because it is super fun but I never go very far out and I’m always wary about if there’s anything dangerous beneath me.
So those are three of my fears but what I want to know is what are you most afraid of?