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Dear Apples,

Are you afraid?  I am afraid multiple times per day.  If you are afraid and want to know that you are not alone, don’t worry, I’ve made a list of some of my fears for you.

I am afraid of:

  1. Getting my blood drawn
  2. The scary faces I make at myself in the mirror sometimes
  3. Cedric dying before me
  4. Contracting Alzheimer’s disease
  5. Mosquitoes
  6. My dreams
  7. Sinking into debilitating depression
  8. Not being proud of myself
  9. Missing out on life with my family
  10. Never mastering Arabic
  11. Skiing
  12. The books East of Eden and The Bell Jar (for different reasons)
  13. Accidentally killing someone
  14. People I love getting hurt
  15. My child’s teenage years
  16. Not being occupied with work I love
  17. The future looking like the movie Gattaca or the book Brave New World
  18. Bookstores going out of business
  19. Factory farming and corporate food production
  20. Family breakdowns
  21. Driving in Lebanon –especially with passengers (and getting my Lebanese license)
  22. Going bald
  23. Big fancy events where I don’t know many people
  24. Scary movies

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But it’s a good thing that fears seem to be evenly distributed and no one has all the fears. There are a lot of common fears that I’m not afraid of.  Some of these include:

  1. Heights
  2. The dark
  3. Spiders (not as much as I used to be at least)
  4. Snakes
  5. Turbulent plane rides
  6. Thunderstorms
  7. Moving to new places
  8. Trying unusual foods
  9. Being alone
  10. Dangerous locations
  11. Sky-diving
  12. Germs
  13. Contracting diseases
  14. Strangers
  15. Getting lost
  16. Skinny-dipping
  17. Terrorist attacks
  18. Losing my friendships
  19. Boredom
  20. Making the wrong decision
  21. Missing out
  22. Roller coasters
  23. Natural disasters
  24. Lions, tigers and bears

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Images Source: Deep Dark Fears by Fran Krause