Monday, January 25, 2010


I looked the word fear up in the dictionary today. Here's what I found.

1. A feeling of agitation and anxiety caused by the presence or imminence of danger.
2. A state or condition marked by this feeling: living in fear.
3. A feeling of disquiet or apprehension: a fear of looking foolish.
4. Extreme reverence or awe, as toward a supreme power.
5. A reason for dread or apprehension: Being alone is my greatest fear.

When you really think about it, there are many different kinds of fear, and we've probably all experienced them at one time or another.

I'm thinking back on some that I have experienced. I have experienced the agitation caused by the imminence of danger (real or imagined.) Haven't we all?

Holy cow, I have absolutely experienced the fear of looking foolish, mostly when I was younger; I do so many goofy things. Luckily, as I grow older I am much more accepting of myself, and so, don't worry too much about it.

How about a fear of failure? For some, it holds them back. For others, it forces them forward.

Fear for the wellbeing of someone else. That's a toughie because you usually don't have any control over it.

There's healthy fear; something that keeps you from hurting yourself, or putting yourself in a bad situation.

There is also a "fun" fear (for lack of a better word). Scary movies or books.

Talk to me. About fear. What was your most fearful moment, and what did you do?


Anonymous said...

I adore scary movies, that feeling you get right before something happens on the screen, the music is so intense and your pulse seems to go right along with the beat....

My biggest fear in real life has been the realization that we have no real control over the "BIG PICTURE" scary stuff, way more than any movie...

cool post today;)

Pam said...

I love being scared in books and movies.

In real life...daddy long legs. I know. But still, they are majorly creepy.

shabby girl said...

Steven, I can only watch scary movies in the afternoon. I dream about that stuff at night if I watch them too late.

And, I agree, about the big picture stuff. We just keep doing what we can do, right?

shabby girl said...

Pam, I remember you saying you liked the scary, gory books. Ever since that day, I've had this craving for a Bloody Mary!
I'm actually okay with Daddy Long Legs, it's like, Wolf spiders, or wood spiders that creep me out!

GingerV said...

I didn't read all comments - will come back later. I fear I will never get my (new) computer workign again and I will remain with no contact with the outside world. I fear - this is too long for now.... later.

Linda Higgins said...

that's a great one! There was one time in my life where I was numb with fear, it was when I got a phone call at work, an officer called to tell me my son was in an accident and I had to go the hopstial ASAP. He was only 23 at the time. he was pretty messed up...coma for 30 days, rehab for 2 months, BIG FEAR he would never be "normal" but... after learning to walk, and talk and do all the things we take for granted, he is married now and they are expecting their 3 child any day now! YEAH that was the one time I can say REAL FEAR hung over me for a long long time. (SIGH) lots of smiles!!!

shabby girl said...

Ginger, I'm sending you big technology wishes!
So very frustrating!

shabby girl said...

Linda, THAT IS REAL FEAR! I'm sorry you all had to go through that, but it sounds like it all turned out wonderfully! I'll be looking for new grandbaby pics on your blog!

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Books I have known & loved

  • Life of Pi
  • A Hundred Years of Solitude
  • Kite Runner
  • The Way the Crow Flies
  • Fall on Your Knees
  • Poisonwood Bible
  • East of Eden
  • Shantaram
  • I Know This Much is True

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