Wednesday, May 30, 2012

My 5 Biggest Fears

Hi all!  I'm a little behind this week because of the long weekend.  Speaking of, how was everyone's?  I hope you had a great time!  I was up at the lake all weekend with family and friends.  It was a blast.  But I digress.  This week's Listable Life is about fears.  I started thinking about this and writing them down, because of course, I make a list of topics before starting to write my list.  I think I need help.

Anyway, when I started to write them down I noticed something.  They all start with the letter S.  So of course, I had to Google this to see if there was such a thing as Fear of The Letter S.  You know some-weird-word-phobia.  Fun-random trivia fact for the day:  there isn't.  The closet thing is Fear of Words, also known as Logophobia.  Feel free to use that your next cocktail party!  (And for the record, I don't actually fear the letter S, it just happened to be a weird coincidence).


Here are my 5 Biggest Fears, that all start with the letter S, and a few fun trivia facts as well!

1).  Spiders (also known as Arachnophobia):

I HATE SPIDERS!  I am totally freaked out by them!  In fact just writing this and thinking about them, makes me feel like they are crawling all over me.  So there will be no picture.  And I am moving on.  Right now.

2).  Sharks (also known as Selachophobia):

I grew up in Miami, FL.  I hung out on the beach, played in the ocean, went out in boats on the ocean.  I suppose I shouldn't be, but I am terrified of sharks.  So I REALLY don't like going in the ocean.  People have tried to change this, but it just won't work.  One of the nicest gifts I got (around this topic), was from my high school boyfriend.  He brought a glass-bottom bucket out on the boat one day, so he could snorkel and I could lean off the side of the boat and see underwater.  It was great!  I could see pretty fish and never had to get wet.

And then there was my brother.  The one time I managed to snorkel for about 15 minutes without completely hyperventilating, he tells me, (after the fact) that he saw sharks in the same location the week before.  Jerk.


3).  Snakes (also known as Ophilidiophobia)

They slither.  Doesn't that say it all?  And the poisonous ones? Eeeeeek!  What about the HUGE ones?  Even creepier!  I jump 15 feet in the air anytime I come close to one, see one, think about one.  Thank goodness my Mom is able to suck it up and get rid of them when the rest of us can't.

Needless to say, I avoid the snake and spider exhibits at places like the zoo.

4).  Surviving Childbirth.  (no fancy name)

Isn't this on every woman's fear-list at some point in her life?  Especially before they have kids? (Well, those who want to). Pregnancy?  Pain?  Pushing?  In a word:  terrifying!  Any of you Moms out there want to tell me any different?  That it's not scary?  Lie to me!  Please! - At least the end of the world would mean no pressure to have a baby.

 5).  Success (no fancy name)

Let me clarify.  I am not afraid of success or being successful.  Just the opposite.  I am afraid of not being successful enough.  It's not so much a failure thing.  We all fail from time to time.  And even though it's never fun, it is usually a great learning opportunity.  I'm not even sure how I define success.  My career, and money are absolutely part of it, but I also think of success in terms of the rest of my life.  Will I be a successful mom?  Will I be a successful wife?  Will I make a successful contribution? And those only scratch the surface of "success," at least in my book.  It is very important to me to make my mark on the world and be successful.  So whatever that means, I'm afraid I won't succeed.  Maybe I should call it un-successful-a-phobia.

My cousin Andy, read this poem at our Great Aunt Louise's funeral years ago.  It has lived on my fridge (you can buy it as a magnet) ever since.


What's on your list of fears?


  1. Stopping by from Listable your list! I'm with you 100% on the snakes, I'm completely terrified of them! And as for the childbirth thing...sure it's scary, but you at least get a REALLY great reward at the end! :)

  2. LOL well I'm glad to hear it is worth it!

  3. This is fantastic! And number #5 - so resonates with many of us I think. I love that Emerson quote! I must find that magnet!

  4. I wish I could remember where I found it. I have a bunch of different magnets with quotes on them. But this one is definitely one of my favorites!