20 Things I'm Afraid Of. Ok, 21, for good measure.




I listened to the rerun of a This American Life episode where the guy listed all his fears.  I thought it was a good prompt.

1. I’m afraid my children will die before I do.  

2. I’m afraid of turbulence on an airplane.  I fear that each buffeting downdraft will continue forever until we crash into the earth.

3. I’m afraid of Lunchables.

4. I’m afraid of dying in a way that involves gasping for breath.

5. I’m afraid of being trapped in a boring conversation.

6. I’m afraid of Target (the store).

7. I’m afraid of talking on the phone.

8. I’m afraid of being trapped in the middle seat on an airplane when I have to go to the bathroom.

9. I’m afraid of being boring.  Of being the person people are trying to get away from because I’m telling a long story about my dog or the King County zoning code.

10. I’m afraid of getting to a point in my life where it doesn’t matter what’s going on with the weather.


11. I’m afraid of fancy shoes, especially if they are pointy.

12. I’m afraid of a cervical spine injury that leaves me unable to communicate except by blinking my left eye, and no one notices that I am actually telling stories with my eyelid.

13. I’m afraid of Mitch McConnell.

14. I’m afraid of Dementia.

15. I’m afraid of leaving my kids with a pile of unfinished projects and a messy house.

16. I’m afraid that Trump will give away public lands to his buddies and there will be no wild places for the grandchildren and their grandchildren.

17. I’m afraid of passing trucks on the highway.

18. I’m afraid of losing my sense of smell.

19. I’m afraid that my sense of smell isn’t up to snuff, as they say, because when I read sad stories that involve someone going to find a shirt of their deceased beloved, because “it still smells like them,”  I realize I would never do that.  I don’t know if the issue is my nose or their laundry, but I don’t really believe that’s a thing.

20. I’m afraid I’ll outlive my dog.

21.  I'm afraid of potpourri.

Comments

  1. I've heard that man and his list(s) and I've thought about using it for a prompt too. You covered a lot of my fears right here. I may do it anyway. Some day. Maybe.

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  2. Substitute "cats" for "dog" in number 20 and we'd be twins, Betsy!

    I don't really believe that clean laundry should smell like anyone. If it does, yer doin' it wrong ...

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  3. P. S. Your pictures are wonderful. They are bright and bold. Are these block prints, by any chance? (I don't know the real name - like a large stamp you carve from special rubber and then paint the raised portion and press it on paper)

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    1. Thank you! Yes, they are block prints. Super fun, and mildly addictive, hopefully in a way that's victimless.

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  4. Making a post about your greatest fears is a bit paranoid don't you think?

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    1. Hmm, paranoid, me? WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING AT?

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  5. Gee, that is a list of fears. My greatest fear is I will die before my husband and there will be no one to run his life. My next greatest fear is that this administration will let us continue to drift into more and more war until our war chest is empty and we have no budget power over Putin as he retakes up the Balkan states and we become more of a second tier country. My final fear is dying slowly.

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    1. UGH. Those are some scary fears. Let's think about potpourri for a minute, shall we? :-)

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  6. I fear that I'll never be able to stop working.

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    1. Meh. I know for sure I'll be one of those 92 year old ladies working at Home Depot. That's not so terrible, is it?

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  7. Gregg and I enjoyed your list of fears that I read aloud to him. Always enjoy your writing!

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  8. I share so many of these fears. Number one is the big mother fear, for sure. I am superstitious, though, suspecting that if I say (write) my fears out loud, my real true fears, I will attract them. Instead, I should consider that by shining a light on them, I am dissipating the scary shadows. You've helped do some of that already here.

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    1. I like to think that if I say them out loud, the mostly sound unlikely and ridiculous. And poof, gone! :-) MOSTLY.

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  9. Oh Lord. I had never thought of number 4. I'm going to try and not think about it.

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    1. Please forget I ever mentioned number 4!!

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  10. PS. Potpourri scares me too actually as I am allergic to dust and how the heck do you dust potpourri? YOU CAN'T. It just gathers and gathers and gathers...ARGHHHHHHHHH!

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    1. Potpourri scares me in so many ways. What is it, for the first thing? How do you spell it, dust it, get rid of it...

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