|Don't worry. I'm just as scared as you.|
If I’ve made anything abundantly clear in this blog, I think it’s that I’m a bit of a fraidy cat. Sometimes, I’m scared for silly reasons, like spooking myself when I’m alone in the house, and sometimes it’s just because crazy stuff always seems to happen to me. Regardless, I’m really trying to get braver in my old age, and am working on facing some of my fears.
Just to clue you in, here is a more extensive (though not all-inclusive) list of my completely
irrational rational fears:
1) Choking (I have a very long mental list of foods I won’t eat when I’m alone – just in case)
2) Public bathrooms (or any bathroom that is not in my very own home)
3) Spiders (do you know how many people in the world have been bitten by TWO different brown recluse spiders? I’m pretty sure I’m the only person ever)
4) The movie Pet Semetary. Really just one character from the movie. I’m not revealing any more for fear that I will open a random email with a terrifying picture of the unsaid character. I know some of you people. I AM TALKING ABOUT YOU, JAY!
5) Falling and knocking my teeth out. I have dreamt of this since I was a little kid.
6) Haunted houses, scary movies or any other time things jump out to scare you (who thinks that is fun?)
7) Mice (Yes, I know I own a rat. I’m scared of him too)
8) Cats. They are creepy. You know they're plotting something.
9) Natural bodies of water* (pools aren’t scary. You can see to the bottom and you CONTROL what is in there).
10) Boats (because they move quickly over natural bodies of water)
Now, in case you don’t know, Jay and I have booked a cruise to
in celebration of our 15th wedding anniversary in October. So obviously, #9 and #10 are things I need to start working on – and fast. Mexico
*SIDEBAR – Despite what my husband thinks, this fear is, in fact, COMPLETELY rational. I mean, your feet are dangling in a world that you cannot see! And do you know how many new species are discovered every single year? About 15,000. (Check out THIS GUY that was recently discovered. He looks friendly). So don’t tell me, beloved, that there’s no such thing as a big, slimy, Jamie-eater. They just haven’t found it yet! In my opinion, there is plenty to fear in the deep waters (snakes, fish, piranhas, sharks, Jason Voorhees, sharp rocks, seaweed, floating away into infinity and general ickiness – just to name a few).
So, in an effort to strengthen my courage, I accepted an invitation to go out on a speedboat with the Stegalls, a lovely couple from church (they invited us a year ago, but I wasn’t quite ready to trust them with my life at that point).
|Grinning and bearing it.|
|Jay looks terrified, right?|
|Oh yeah, I gots this!|
|Feeling almost totally safe|
|My very brave boys|