Fear Personal Essay

Topics: Anxiety, Fear, Claustrophobia Pages: 4 (1566 words) Published: December 14, 2010

Fear is an emotion produced by the brain to avoid a potentially bad situation or it is also anxiety caused by the presence of danger. Fear is caused by a threatening situation. Winston Churchill once said, “ The only thing we have to fear, is fear itself.” This famous saying shows that fear affects people as much as they let it affect them. The way I deal with my fears is to try to overcome them or not let them get to me. But it’s not always easy. I'm 16 years old, and I still can't dangle my feet over the edge of the bed in the dark. How pathetic. I know that big hairy hands with strong knuckles will grab my brittle ankles and drag me down to a black hole of terror. Of course, this is never a conscious thought when my foot strays over the edge of the mattress, but an icy chill of fear shoots up my spine, and I quickly jerk my wandering limb back to safety. I know I should have discarded this childhood fear a long time ago, but it's been with me for decades. It's familiar and comfortable. Besides, sometimes I'd just rather deal with monsters under my bed than take on real life. As when you are progressing through life there is no magic left and the real fear is reality maybe what I am trying to do is hold on to this magical fear. Maybe the true fear is that I am losing my childhood, my innocence. Also, since the age of five I have had the fear of been taken. When I was on my holidays I got left on the street in a foreign country and my parents and their friends went across two main roads and only realised I was missing when they were getting a taxi back to the apartment. It was the worst feeling ever. The emotion of been alone and not knowing anyone and not even speaking the same language. Well that sense has spiralled on through to my life even now.Would you believe to this day if I go down to the bathroom in my house which is down the hall and people are in my kitchen, I run back to the kitchen when im finished I get so frightened of...
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