The Top Seven Things That Terrified Me As A Kid.
Inspired by @pili_ervin I realize this list may sound super sad, but I promise I grew up to be a fairly happy, well adjusted grown up. It only took years of therapy and medication 😂
- •Fire fightersI was convinced they started fires instead of putting them out. So whenever I saw a fire truck I would start screaming. Must have been super fun for my parents!
- •Other childrenI did have friends, but friendships took me a long time to develop. Random children scared me. I would refuse to play at playgrounds when there were other kids there.
- •Black peopleI know that seems ridiculous and it's embarrassing to admit! But I grew up in the Deep South in the 80s. I was raised by a racist father (he's not anymore) So I never really talked to or interacted with black people. Music and The Cosby Show taught me that black people were not scary. Also I had a black teacher for the first time in fifth grade(Mrs Fields!) That made a huge difference. We couldn't tell my father though. Crazy to think about now.
- •Being left by my parentsThis was a totally irrational fear. They never threatened to leave me or anything. But in my mind, I was convinced they would leave me at school or camp or wherever I was, and not come back to get me.
- •Showering with the curtain closedI didn't like not being able to see the whole bathroom. Someone could sneak in without me knowing. I would get in trouble all the time for getting water all over the bathroom. It was because I was afraid to close the curtain but I was too embarrassed to tell my parents.
- •My dad (I feel like I should add here, that we have a great relationship now. People can and do change!)He had a crazy temper. The worst part was not knowing what would set him off. So even when he was nice, I was afraid because I never knew when he'd stop being nice. And the longer period of time he was nice, the more afraid I got because I knew it was just a matter of time.
- •GodI was raised Southern Baptist. So it was a lot of fire and brimstone. I was convinced I was going to Hell. I had nightmares about it all the time. It was awful.