Fear

In 1984, Winston experiences a life-changing event that is created by the power of fear.  In the novel, Winston gives up something to avoid and free himself of the one thing he fears the most:  rats.  Think about it.  Fear can govern our lives.  You have read Chomsky’s article that acknowledges that one of the most overpowering emotions of Americans….is fear.

Think about your own experiences.  What fearful event have you endured that made you change a little bit of who you are…something that’s made you give up your “freedom” in some way….something that has restricted you in some small (or large) way.

The task:  First describe what fearful experience you have had.  Use active language and appropriate word choices to make your readers FEEL your experience.  Don’t tell us about it; SHOW US.  Explain what really changed you in some way.  The event doesn’t have to be life-threatening; it just has to be something that you “own.” The length should be a well-written, smoothly developed INVIGORATING paragraph that will MESMERIZE your audience (your class members and me).  Explain HOW the event changed you in some small way.   Like Winston, explain how you have sacrificed a little of yourself because of this event.

Then, read two other blog posts and respond to those two blog posts genuinely and thoughtfully.  Do you have similar experiences (Are you, too, afraid of RATS??!!)

Due date:  Friday, October 13, 2017 by 11:59pm.

Points 20 (10 for description, 5 for each response.)

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140 thoughts on “Fear

  1. Lillian Gossett

    I am afraid of heights. I do not like the feeling of being suspended in the air, without the Earth to ground me and keep me from falling. I do not like rooftops or ladders, or looking out of skyscraper windows. What if I fall through the glass and to my death? I have never ridden in an airplane. The engine could fail, and the plane and its passengers would come crashing down like a meteorite with nothing to stop it. I never climbed to the highest branch of a tree because I was afraid to fall out, hitting each limb lower than the next until gravity finally pulled me back to the ground. I stray away from cliffs or abrupt drop offs, in case I get too close to the edge and I am pulled against my will to the bottom.
    The intrusive thought of wondering what it would be like to fall is the aspect of heights I like the least. It is even more troubling than the height itself. It seems that with my fears I want to experience them; they intrigue me. I am scared of the deep, dark ocean but I want to swim to its deepest point in all of my vulnerability. I am afraid of the empty vastness of outer space but I want to experience the untouched planets and stars. I am frightened by stormy weather but I want to wait out the storm’s cold rain, strong winds, bright lightning, and booming thunder. I am afraid of heights but I want to know what it’s like to be brought back to Earth at terminal velocity.

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    1. JordanWarner

      Yes i am Very afraid of hights too, When i was 5. I kept going on airplanes and i guess that fixed my fear. now when im high in the air i dont even think about being in the air.

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      1. kolindykes

        I was terrified of heights until I rode a roller coaster at six flags. Ever since then I do not even hesitate I just jump off high places, and many others objects.

    2. Hope Dishman

      Hope Dishman
      10/12/17
      English 4
      1st hour
      Ms.Watson
      !SNAKE!

      The snake is a very simple creature that has no arms or legs. It seem perfectly harmless because it look like a worm or a lizard with no legs. So you might ask why would someone fear a snake, well their is many reason. Frist of all they move very quick and you can’t predict what they are going to do. They also don’t have eyelids so they are away looking at you with their beady eyes. Most of them have really long teeth that they can sink into your skin and never let go. On top of that some are venomous and can kill you in a heartbeat. Over the years my fear of snake has died down some. I really don’t like snake and wish they would stay away from me but i work at a pet store so i have to deal with them. Snake are ok if they stay on their territory and away from me.

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      1. ellamcconkey

        I feel the same way because I can’t even look at a picture of a snake without getting freaked out

      2. Cade Herriott

        I completely agree with you on that. I’ve been terrified of snakes ever since the incident happened to me when I was little

    3. Kirstiana Barrett

      Kirstiana Barrett
      Mrs. Watson
      English 4th
      October 17, 2017
      FEAR

      Spiders, snakes, rats, clowns, and darkness are all the fears that come to mind first when you think of the word fear. But where do wasps fall in that list? You may be asking yourself, why should I be afraid of wasps? And to that I say “Have you ever actually seen a wasp?”
      Wasp, also known as meat bees are naturally defensive and aggressive attacking anything that gets too close to their nest, which can be a real problem when they decide to build their nest near or on your home. In some cases you don’t have to be near a nest to be swarmed by these stinging insects. Wasp will ruthlessly swarm anything sweet, most notably soda and apples. Once they target something of interest they will chase it down relentlessly forcing you to leave the area. Wasp cannot be trusted anywhere or anytime and will always find a way to destroy anything good about your day.

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  2. Lillian Gossett

    I am afraid of heights. I do not like the feeling of being suspended in the air, without the Earth to ground me and keep me from falling. I do not like rooftops or ladders, or looking out of skyscraper windows. What if I fall through the glass and to my death? I have never ridden in an airplane. The engine could fail, and the plane and its passengers would come crashing down like a meteorite with nothing to stop it. I never climbed to the highest branch of a tree because I was afraid to fall out, hitting each limb lower than the last until gravity finally pulled me back to the ground. I stray away from cliffs or abrupt drop offs, in case I get too close to the edge and I am pulled against my will to the bottom.
    The intrusive thought of wondering what it would be like to fall is the aspect of heights I like the least. It is even more troubling than the height itself. It seems that with my fears I want to experience them; they intrigue me. I am scared of the deep, dark ocean but I want to swim to its deepest point in all of my vulnerability. I am afraid of the empty vastness of outer space but I want to experience the untouched planets and stars. I am frightened by stormy weather but I want to wait out the storm’s cold rain, strong winds, bright lightning, and booming thunder. I am afraid of heights but I want to know what it’s like to be brought back to Earth at terminal velocity.
    My fear has only made me stronger. I take it and use it to empower myself. I realize that my fear is only psychological and that I can overcome it if I put my mind to it. I have sacrificed my comfort to overcome these fears; I accept the oncoming storm, I let myself climb ladders and trees and swing as high as I can. I am willing to look out of the top story window of the tallest building. I am going to board a plane when I visit my sister in Germany. The one thing my fear has done for me other than make me weary is make me stronger.

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    1. carissacarpenter

      The way you described the scenarios with vivid details sent shivers down my spine! i can completely imagine myself in these situations and frankly, it even makes me have a fear of heights.

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    2. Jill Isringhausen

      I can relate to your fear of heights because I’m scared of them too! Buy congrats for being brave enough to conquer your fear! Go you.

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    3. haileyjohnson20

      This was very interesting to read and kept my attention well. The way you described your fear made me feel it with you. I was almost afraid myself!

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    4. Bekah Allsopp

      This story was amazing!! you had me picturing every scene you described, awesome job! Also, I am an happy that you have changed your fear into a good thing!

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    5. kayy2018

      The descriptions you had explained felt so vivid and real. I could relate to being scared to going onto a plane. Never knowing what could happen. Neither have i personally been on a plane. I like how you use your fear to empower yourself. I believe empowering your self does make you stronger as well.

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    6. alliahdawson

      I cant say heights are my favorite but I am not fearful of them. But you are, and you have become stronger because of it. You put yourself to the challenge of over coming it which most do not do. Proud of you!

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    7. Heather Decker

      You described this so well, and it really painted a picture in my mind. I personally can’t relate because I’m not afraid of heights, but I can definitely understand where you’re coming from! It’s great that you take your fear and use it to empower you. You did an awesome job composing this; it was very intriguing.

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    8. Wyatt Edwards

      The vivid details you used made this so easy to picture and understand. I was once scared of heights as well so I understand where you’re coming from, but like you, I knew it was all in my head and I conquered it.

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    9. devan wasson

      In the end of your writing i can relate to your taking the storm head on. it was quite hard for me to find a fear that i have yet to overcome. i used to have a great fear of heights but roller coasters allowed me to overcome this fear. i love how well written this is and I feel like i can relate to every sentence.

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    10. Tristan Dishman

      I was afraid of heights but sense i have flown in a helicopter and a plane, and also looked out of the Willis Tower in Chicago. My fear has left me. Once you do one of your fears. It leaves you.

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    11. Hannah Van Hoveln

      Even though I am not personally afraid of heights, this story is so vivid that it scares me myself. You did a great job on this assignment.

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  3. carissacarpenter

    Imagine being in a doctor’s office with a huge blister, and you just know it’s about to be cut open? That sounds absolutely repulsing right? Well, that happened to me my freshman year. In the summer before I actually started that year in my life, I was walking around barefoot basically everywhere I went around my house/ yard. Well, sometime during that I ended up with a massive blister on my foot. Once I went to the doctor they said it was completely infected and needed to be cut open. So what do you know? The doctor pulls out a knife and asks me if I’m ready. I did not even get a chance to answer before she literally stabbed my foot open. Ever since then I have had this fear of knives, considering it made me bleed for about three weeks straight.

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    1. kaitlinh77

      I probably would have cried, I am very surprised that they cut you open without asking your permission first. It sounds terrifying. I’m also surprised that you got a blister from walking around barefoot, I used to walk around barefoot all the time when I was a kid and I never got a blister. I guess I’m not going to do that again.

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    2. haileyjohnson20

      I have also had a similar experience and it made me afraid of going to the doctors. Mine was when I shut my thumb in a car door and had to go to the doctor. He repeatably lifted up my nail and poked a needle under it. So I totally understand where you are coming from and how bad it hurts.

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    3. Lillian Gossett

      That sounds absolutely terrible. It is hard to believe that the doctor did not give you any warning or preparation before she cut your foot open. I think that would have to be the most frightening thing about your experience, along with the fact that you did not really know what specifically caused the blister to become so intrusive.

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    4. teilaaa

      You did an amazing job on being able to express yourself completely. Anyone who reads this will know, almost vividly, what you went through and why it is so traumatic for you. The image you created within this piece of writing will give readers the ability to have a detailed visual while reading.

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    5. Shannon Downing

      Wow, I think it is kind of ridiculous that they would cut your blister open before you had the chance to respond to them.

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    6. Brittany Haton

      I would have cried! If I had a big blister on my foot it would be hard to get me to the doctors knowing what the outcome would be. I am also scared of knives, so that would not have ended well with me. I hate when I get blisters though, they suck. That’s terrible that the doctor didn’t wait for your answer; I would have been very mad.

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    7. alliahdawson

      After I had my teeth knocked out I was fearful of doctors as well. This description amazes me but also makes me want to pass out at the same time. I hope you overcome this because I know its a very hard one to overcome!

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    8. ashlynclem

      I have had a horrible blister of the bottom of my foot before because of volleyball. It ripped a big chunk out of skin. It was the worst pain I have ever had, especially while walking on it. I couldn’t imagine a knife cutting it open even more.

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  4. teilaaa

    In February, of last year, I had to undergo a death in my family. It was the most traumatic experience I have ever went through in my life, so far. It flipped my world upside down and completely changed my perspective on life and how it works. Imagine, seeing and talking to a loved one and then getting a call a week later, stating that they are no longer living. This has not always been a fear of mine and I wish I was not so naive to believe that death would never occur in my family. I had lived my life, believing that nothing bad would ever happen to me. I always knew that death happened all around the world, but never once did I think that tragedy would taint my life and the people that I hold dearly. Since this has happened, my eyes have been opened and I am now always wary. I am constantly reminded that everyday tragedy can strike and change my life, once again. There is not a day that goes by that I do not think of the what “if’s” and all of the different possibilities of what may happen in my life. I will never have the freedom to believe that life is perfect and that is what truly terrifies me.

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    1. Lillian Gossett

      I am very sorry for your loss. Losing a loved one is never easy. Your story hit close to home – I myself have lost a handful of close family members over the last 5 years, and it can affect your personal life in significant ways. I hope that you can recover from your loss as easily as I have mine.

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    2. alliahdawson

      This is a major fear of mine as well! I am so sorry for your loss and I think I can speak for many people by syaing that it has changed you, but in a very positive way. You are so strong, thinking about the “what if’s” isn’t so bad after all.

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    3. devan wasson

      First of all, I am sorry for your loss. I think you describe this fear and how it can change lives with spot on accuracy. This is sadly something that most people have to endure, but I luckily have yet to suffer from the loss of a loved one. This is the fear that can haunt you the most because it is not controlled by any one in particular. Just fate and where it takes you.

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    4. calliemae00

      I’m so sorry that happened to you. Losing someone so close to you, is the worst feeling to have to endure. I hope everything will be fine for you for awhile.

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    5. Brittany Haton

      I’m sorry for your loss. It really sucks knowing any day something tragic can occur. I hope you will recover from this situation. I haven’t lost someone really close to me before, but I know one day it’s going to happen. I know it will put a toll on my life when it does. Your story really made me sad, and it made me also open my eyes more.

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    6. twatson100 Post author

      Telia…I can’t begin to tell you how much your words touched me. This is EXACTLY the way I feel…every day. I am so sorry for your loss. I will never be the same person, either…. I wish healing for you. 🙂

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    7. noahjordan28

      Teila, I cannot even begin to say I know how you feel. I am saddened for you and am sorry for your loss. Of course I have had loved ones pass away, but not on the scale you endured. This piece of writing is so in-depth and agreeable. It truly proves how strong of an individual you are.

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    8. adamlawson213

      I haven’t lost anyone that close to me. But I see what you are saying. I too think about the what if’s in life and how many different ways life could have gone.

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    9. Hannah Van Hoveln

      I am truly sorry for your loss; that’s a horrible event to go through. I hope that you have the support system that you need and that you begin to feel better. I completely understand what it feels like to be that way. I have suffered from many disorders since I was a young child along with events that have torn down my life as well. You’re not alone in your pain; just know that people are there for you. 🙂

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    10. kolindykes

      First I must say sorry for your loss. I can relate to this story exactly. One of my family members passed that I was really close to. I never would have thought that my closest family had passed away. The following day all I could say was “I wish I wouldn’t have went to school,” because he had passed 15 minutes after I got on the bus for school. It made me change the way I cherish certain people and certain objects. One thing I learned from him that I still use today was “to never give up.”

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  5. kaitlinh77

    Last summer, I endured the scariest thing I think could ever happen to me. It was a bad period of time for my boyfriend and I, we were constantly fighting and things were not the same. He had come over to my house for a short period of time and of course we got into a huge disagreement that caused him to storm off. A few minutes later, I received a message from him saying that he did not want to be with me anymore. It felt as if the world was caving in on me. My entire world was falling apart, I could not believe that this was happening to me. I was alone, I have had this boy in my life for over a year at this point. I wasn’t used to not having him there with me. I couldn’t sleep, couldn’t eat, my life seemed as if it was over. I felt as if my life was falling apart at the seams. I tried to get him back multiple times, I would even text other people just to get some form of hope that I wouldn’t lose him forever.
    At this point, I would have done anything to get him back. I was so scared of losing him that it made me a different person. I was scared that he would move on, that I would just be left in the dust. This affected me emotionally and physically, I pushed away all of my friends, my family, and anyone who was close to me. I only wanted to talk to him, I had this hope in my head that he would come to his senses and come back. After a couple weeks, he did come back. I was so happy and joyful to have him back in my life but it also brought fear, the fear that I would do something to lose him again or the fear that he would just abruptly walk away. Every time we would argue or he would be short with me, I would get this anxiety in my chest. I would be at the verge of tears just in fear he would walk away again. In ways, this experience changed me.
    I still have this fear and anxiety that one day he’ll find someone else or that he will just leave. Just speaking of the event and how I felt still brings a tear to my eyes. I sacrificed some of my will to argue back, I sacrificed some of my will to want to leave just because I don’t want to have that lonely feeling in my heart.

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    1. alliahdawson

      Been there done that for over a year now. It was so hard at first. Not saying its perfectly fine now, but its better. Loneliness is such a hard and weird feeling. You could be surrounded by so many people and constantly feel alone. It takes a piece of your heart away. I’m glad you guys are doing okay now, just keep that so close to you and appreciate the little things. Because you will never know when something could change and completely flip your world upside down.

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    2. calliemae00

      I remember when this happened. It’s the worst feeling in the world to realize you might lose the person you love some day. I’m happy he is back in your life. You guys are a cute couple.

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    3. CasaDee

      I am just like you. The idea of the one you love leaving you sounds like death. Believe me, you would not have to be alone though. I am here!

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  6. haileyjohnson20

    A lot of people happen to be afraid of snakes. My mother being one of them, so you could say my fear of them was picked up from her. However, you would be severely wrong. I have been terrified of snakes ever since that eventful day twelve years ago. I was a joyful five year old just playing on the porch while my not so watchful father mowed. Sitting there playing with my toys I was oblivious as to what was slithering up behind me. Children are often oblivious to their surroundings and I was no exception. I thought I heard a faint hissing noise and turned to see what was causing it. What I saw when I turned around has stayed with me to this day. There were two enormous snakes sitting a foot from me. Although, they did not move or act aggressive in any way the way I ran screaming you would think I was being attacked by ten. I ran crying to my dad yelling “snakes! Snakes!”. Those snakes did not come close to physically touching me but mentally I will always remember them and the fear that I will now carry with me. Snakes have been a tremendous fear of mine since that day and any time one comes near, you can be sure to see me running in the opposite direction. I now refuse to look at pictures of snakes and often look away when they appear in a movie.

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    1. Gabrielle Haas

      Snakes, spiders, and drowning are all on my top 5 worst fears. The fact that you were even that close to a snake freaks me out. Hope you can overcome your fear, but I will not be any help. 😉

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    2. claytontturner

      Snakes are very terrifying, I have not really seen them enough besides television. I would honestly be the same way though, just how they moves and can be anywhere around you. Right now, I’m the same with spiders, as you are with snakes.

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    3. kaitlinh77

      I HATE snakes too, this would have put me in tears. I can understand where your fear is coming from though, you were super young and those things are scary. I feel your pain girl

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    4. Hope Dishman

      I’m also scared of snakes so I know exactly how you feel. Most of my family is scared of snake, so I grown-up to fear them as well.

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  7. Jill Isringhausen

    As a child my parents and I lived on the country side, trees, a river, and cows in our backyard. In the mornings I could look outside and see my cow, Jill because she was born on my birthday, and wave to her good- morning as she chewed her cud. In the afternoons, I would come home to my dad and we would explore the thick woods full of trees and the river, as a way of bonding. Exploring these woods and imagining the house I would build to be close to my parents, gave my father endless time to teach me the things he learned growing up in the same way of life as I was. In my innocent and gullible years, I was fearless, as any child would be, until my mother’s watchful eye taught me otherwise.
    My fearless years continued as I climbed all the trees in my yard and even started driving a four wheeler through every piece of land in the near ten miles. Until one night, my parents and I were sitting on the front step, counting the lightning strikes, trying our hardest to close our ears to not hear the thunder, and compete to see who could get the most rain on their tongues. My father and I went out into the yard to see who could splash each other with puddles the quickest, until I feel my father quickly push me back to my mother’s arms. In the moment, I saw from my seven year old eyes, the tree ripping from its roots and falling, directly in the path of my father, in slow motion. In this slow motion moment, I notice the lightning bolt as if permanently taking the fallen tree’s spot, large and shining brighter than I had ever imagined seeing, not that I had ever expected to see a lightning bolt in my front yard, 30 feet from my family. When I think of the moment now, the tree was nowhere near falling on my father, as my innocent seven year old self saw the scene.
    Looking back now, I realize that situation has forever scarred me. Even today in a thunderstorm I cling to the person next me, scared the thunder will crack the sky and it will come tumbling down.

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    1. JD Finney

      WOW. This is crazy. I could never imagine anything like this happening. It would be very scary to realize this was happening, especially since you were only seven years old. You made me feel as though this could be one of my top fears as well.

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    2. danid23

      I feel like if i went through the same thing i would have been terrified as well. Granted anything that could be potentially harmful to my family is nerve racking.

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  8. elisesetser

    The most fearful experience I have encountered was forgetting part of my routine at my studios dance recital. I was practicing my routine backstage before I went on. I was so confident about the routine but I also worried about a trick I had not landed in a while. I had butterflies in my stomach. I was up next. My name was called and I walked onstage. Almost to the end of the routine, I actually landed the trick, finished a turn, and then BAM, my mind went blank. I just stood there, looking out at the crowd, feeling everyone staring at me. I could not help but panic. I had never experienced forgetting my dance before and I did not know what to do, I could not even make anything up because I was so shocked I had forgotten the end of my dance. I ran backstage and started crying. I was so disappointed in myself. This experience made me realize I have to focus and not let anything get to me when I perform, like when I landed the trick. I now practice my routines multiple times before going on stage to make sure I never forget my routine again. This experience has taught me that when you fail, get back up again and prove to yourself that you can do it.

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    1. Heather Decker

      You have always been an amazing dancer, so I’m actually surprised that you forgot your routine! It happens to all of us though, and I agree that when you fail, you just try again. It’s good to learn from mistakes instead of dwelling on them.

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    2. carissacarpenter

      I can personally relate to this even though I’m not in dance. I remember when i was trying out to be a Devillete I got super nervous and forgot part of the dance.

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    3. Colt Bennett

      i had also had an experience where i had forgotten something and that something was my school stuff. when i got to school i looked over to my passenger seat to grab my stuff but nothing was there and i had no time to go back home and get my stuff i was extremely scared that i would get in a lot of trouble but i went through my day without needing any of it was a big load off of my back when i went home knowing that i was not in trouble for forgetting my stuff.

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    4. Grace Harris

      I feel the exact same way when it comes to failure. I also agree that you should not give up when you do and that you should always try again. I am always afraid to mess up when it comes to grades and sports.

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    5. adamlawson213

      I think everyone has had an experience similar to this. This can happen in any sport or activity. When you get nervous and forget an impart part of what you need to do. You just have to get up and learn from the mistake.

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    6. Katie Flannery

      I totally understand why this is a fear for you. Because I too get scared of talking in front of people, then not knowing what i’m supposed to say even though i practiced what I was going to say before i went up.. Yes, I’m still scared to mess up again and look like an idiot.

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    7. Logan Smith

      There really is nothing you could have done in your situation. The important and inspiring part is that you didn’t let the experience define you. Instead you used it to better yourself and that show true strength and devotion.

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  9. Bekah Allsopp

    When I was in the fourth grade, my friend and I went to another friend’s house. Their house was known to be haunted and I, at that time in my life, was very much afraid of ghosts, haunted houses, and everything to do with Halloween. But we decided to go over there anyway. The parents of the house knew I was afraid, so they decided to scare me, when my friend and I arrived they had masks on and jumped out at us. It was the scariest thing that had ever happened to me, but I wanted to stay with my friends so I stuck through it and I continued to her bedroom. We were all sitting around in her room watching a movie. I was in the corner sitting in a chair, no one was behind me, well no one I could see was behind me. We were all focused on the movie not paying any attention to one another, my focus was drawn away when I felt a slight tug on my hair. My hair was in a ponytail, so it didn’t get snagged on anything and again no one was behind me. I just forgot about it and went back to the movie, until I felt an even harder tug on my hair. I turned to look behind me to see if maybe one of my friend’s brothers came in to scare me or something, but no one was there. At that point I was really scared and had no idea what was going on. I felt one harder tug on my hair and I stood up, but when I did my hair fell down to my shoulders. When I sitting my hair was in a ponytail, but when I stood up the hair tie was gone, we looked everywhere, but the hair tie remained missing. This event changed me in a way that I am thankful for, I am no longer scared on Halloween and love the thrill of being scared. Ever since that scary night my heart has belonged to Halloween.

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  10. kayy2018

    Have you ever felt fear itself? I guarantee every single homo sapien has felt fear in their life time. Whether it having a fear among spiders, clowns, or even death itself. Fear is scary, yet it makes you feel so helpless at times. The biggest fear I personally have would be against death. Many of my peers that I see every day could possibly feel the same way. If I were to ever personally lose my mother or father I would be devastated. They are my support group. Every day they encourage me to better myself with every opportunity I get. Them always being so strong for me whenever I need them. So death is the fear that I have because it takes loved ones away that we care about. Either it’s your dog, cat, or even a person you truly care about. Death isn’t just feared by myself, its feared by everyone.

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    1. JordanWarner

      you really did an amazing job on this! I enjoyed reading this very much so, yes i did. You used very big words in this piece of writing and it was very interesting. Death is good.

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    2. Wyatt Edwards

      I agree with you completely, and I am fearful of the same thing. I could not even imagine the feeling I would have if I lost one of my parents.

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    3. Tristan Dishman

      Death is strong, it will happen to everyone sooner or later. Hopefully later than sooner. Only time will determine when we will meet death.

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  11. michaelholycross

    Michael Holycross
    10/12/17
    English 4 1st

    Fear

    Imagine you can’t see a thing, it is pitch black and only a street lamp lights the outside. You look around trying to find the wall or the handle of a door and you don’t see a thing. Then a figure the size of an animal or small person appears in the darkness and the figure is the only thing that appears. You lock your door and try to go back to sleep but you can’t get the image of this out or head. This is try because it happen to me. I was only 4 years old and I still at the scared sleep with mom and dad stage. It was a stormy night and the rain was pouring down hard but no lighting or thunder was happening. I was scared to death of storms, so I got up from my bed to get up to parents so they could protect me. I opened my door and was about to open my parents door when I looked down the hallway and saw a small figure on something by my bathroom door. I was little so I didn’t know what it was, I thought It was my cat but, I couldn’t be because he was sleeping in my sisters run with the door shut. I was so scared I just opened my parents door and slept in the bed with my parents the inter night. I don’t know what I saw that night but, ever since then I have been afraid of dark place and can’t even get myself to get over the fear of the dark.

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    1. Hope Dishman

      You did Amazing job! I felt like I was in a scary movie with the whole darkness and scary shadows. I completely understand why you would be scared of the dark.

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  12. michaelholycross

    Michael Holycross
    10/12/17
    English 4 1st

    Fear

    Imagine you can’t see a thing, it is pitch black and only a street lamp lights the outside. You look around trying to find the wall or the handle of a door and you don’t see a thing. Then a figure the size of an animal or small person appears in the darkness and the figure is the only thing that appears. You lock your door and try to go back to sleep but you can’t get the image of this out or head. This is try because it happen to me. I was only 4 years old and I still at the scared sleep with mom and dad stage. It was a stormy night and the rain was pouring down hard but no lighting or thunder was happing. I was scared to death of storms, so I got up from my bed to get up to parents so they could protect me. I opened my door and was about to open my parents door when I looked down the hallway and saw a small figure on something by my bathroom door. I was little so I didn’t know what it was, I thought It was my cat but, I couldn’t be because he was sleeping in my sisters run with the door shut. I was so scared I just opened my parents door and slept in the bed with my parents the inter night. I don’t know what I saw that night but, ever since then I have been afraid of dark place and can’t even get myself to get over the fear of the dark. I hate the feeling of not having not to be able to see anything because you don’t know what might come out and get you or you not seeing anything and running into something.

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    1. JD Finney

      You did a very good job of describing this fear. It makes me feel as though i was in the situation as well. I can imagine the fear you felt when you saw the object across the hall

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    2. claytontturner

      I feel you Michael, just the thought of nothingness or darkness. You wanna close your eyes but the thought is still there. So you are just worried the rest of the night, but cant sleep!

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    3. Logan Smith

      This fear of the dark is very real and totally understandable. Even to this day I loose sleep at night to a dark shape I saw. Another interesting thing about this is that it is a fear that even if you know it makes little to no sense you still hold the feeling of “What if…?”

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    4. Clayton Hill

      Michael, i one hundred percent know where your fear is coming from being that young. Even now it is bad for me imagining any object you see as something else in the dark. This situation was written very well, being something lots of others can relate to.

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  13. mattanderson99

    The most fearful event for me was a car fire call with the fire department. We got called for a vehicle fire near the Georgian Heights apartments. When we rolled up on scene in the engine, we could see a work van completely engulfed in flames. As soon as we got out of the truck, we could feel the heat from it even with our bunker gear on. Then, we quickly got the hose stretched out and got ready to start spraying water. As the man with the nozzle opened it and water came out, there was a big explosion. No one could see anything because of how bright it was, and we were all dazed since it sounded like a cannon going off. Once we were able to see again and the ringing in our ears lessened, we were able to see that no one was injured. What we didn’t know since there’s no way to tell was that the van’s engine block was made out of magnesium. Magnesium is a flammable metal burning at temperatures of 2200 °C, 4000 °F. When water is applied while it’s burning, it causes an explosion. Since the metal is burning so hot, it separates the elements of water, hydrogen and oxygen, which are both highly flammable gases.

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  14. Shannon Downing

    Hello my name is Shannon Downing, I am quite afraid of snakes. Whenever I was younger I was walking through some spooky woods with my grandfather and when we were walking a big ‘ole snake came across the path and scared me. Then a couple years later I went with my mother and my father to a zoo and they forced me into a snake area where they had a lot of snakes out and people were able to hold them. With them forcing me into the room with the snakes it made my fear two times worse.

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  15. devan wasson

    Devan Wasson
    I have a tendency to not get a lot of sleep, whether it’s my choice or not I never seem to get a good 8 hour rest in. Everyone tells me “you should really get more sleep you would feel a lot better”, but I never felt that it affected me negatively. Until that day, where I was jerked awake to bright lights and a loud horn.
    On this day it was not my decision for no sleep I had been busy all night sweeping water out of my flooded basement. I had to be a work at five, and it was already noon by the time I finished taking care of the house. My mom had was in the hospital for a broken leg from her car crash so it was just me and all the daily chores. Once it was time for me to head to work I was exhausted, but I still had to make it into work. About half way there I was driving down Route One and I began to doze off. I caught myself and didn’t think much of it, but later I felt the cool air on my exhausted face and I couldn’t help but close my eyes. I was awoke abruptly to a honking horn and bright lights in my eyes no longer feeling the cool breeze on my face. I instinctively pulled my steering wheel right, and avoided a head on head collision with a large truck. This incident gave me a jolt to wake up but not long after I was getting tired luckily I arrived at work. This event showed me there are somethings you cannot go without and sleep is one of them. No matter how badly I wanted to stay awake I could not force myself to do it. I have since tried to get as much sleep as I can. This incident has shown me that everything can’t be controlled by you. somethings cannot be stopped and you just have to live with it.

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  16. JordanWarner

    Imagine you are coming out of a hospital at night. There are no other cars in the parking garage, and you look around because you think someone is watching you. You then start to panic and breathe very heavily. You then get lost in the parking garage and start crying. You want to call someone but you have no service. Then you start to hear voices. Very loud voices. You then begin to run and find your car. By the time you get to your car you are shaking, and you can barely unlock your car door. you finally get in and then you leave and think about it the rest of the night. Then you have nightmares about it.

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  17. alliahdawson

    When it comes to fear, I have many. I am scared of walking alone anywhere, car crashes, being alone, but the main one that sticks out is death. I am a firm believer in heaven and that there is an afterlife. I have been born into this Christian life I live. But that doesn’t mean I don’t have doubts, because most Christians do. When the word “death” gets brought up in church, home, school, I usually end up crying. I don’t know if it is just me but not knowing how, when, where you are going to die. It’s not even the fact that I will die, but also the fact of losing my friends, my family, and my teachers. Someday you could be hanging out with one of your closest friends and the next they are gone, no last goodbye, no hug, they are just gone. Not knowing when and how is a major key to my fear. Will it be tomorrow? Will it be after I am married? Will I not make it out of high school? It really scares me. Also, how? How will I die, will it be natural causes? Car crash? Murder? I can’t even imagine. Going along with my fear and trying to overcome it is something I will never be able to do. But living everyday like it’s my last is something I can do. In life I try to be friends with everyone, you never know what could happen. That’s why I am the loud and very outgoing individual that I am. Like I said, you will never know what might happen. When I die, whenever, however, I hope to leave a positive impact on people.

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  18. Tristan Dishman

    Fear is everywhere, you can’t avoid it. You can try everything, the thing is fear is unavoidable. Some are afraid of death, others are afraid of clowns. My biggest fear is letting people know me. The main reason is because I have let people become friends with me, but the one time I turn my back they stab me then throw me under the bus and never talk to me. I have also made friends with people who are new to the school, than they move away and only talk to me when they need help. Therefore, my biggest fear is to have people become friends and put everything into the friendship only to have it torn apart when they move away and throw me under the bus.

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  19. Wyatt Edwards

    Wyatt Edwards
    Fear
    Everyone knows death is inevitable. This does NOT mean that death isn’t scary. Death is my biggest fear, but it is not my own death that I am fearful of. I am scared of losing those close to me. Now, I’m not only talking about growing old and the people around me growing old and passing away although I am very fearful of that as well. I’m primarily talking about the people I care about being taken away from me before their time. And the more I think about it, the more I fear it. I have lost people that were very close to me, and it has changed me. Everyday since losing these people, I have seen life from a different perspective. I now fear losing anyone who I care about on any given day, and it has changed the way I treat people. I hate when the people I care about are mad at me, or even if a conversation with one of those people ends on bad terms. I hate this because I know that anyone can be taken out of this world in an instant and that tomorrow is never promised. For this reason, I will always be there for anyone close to me that needs my help no matter the situation. I love my friends and family, and I would do anything for them, and I hope that they would do the same for me.

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    1. Clayton Hill

      Wyatt, this article about death is very similar to my thoughts on it as well. I think that too many people take things for granted and that is not something to do in such a short life, because that likely causes them not to take it back until its too late.

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  20. Brittany Haton

    I think my biggest fear would be needles. I always hated getting a shot when I was younger, and I still do hate them. I know they do not hurt, but just the thought of a sharp needle entering my arm frightens me. The doctor always tells me not to move, but I always move away a few times before letting it happen. Also, I hate when the nurse says 3, 2, 1, like that that just increases my anxiety so much more. Sometimes, I will go in there knowing I have to get a shot, and I’ll be okay at first until I see them getting it ready. Once I see the needle my heart will begin to race, and I usually start crying. I hate that I have the fear of needles, but maybe one day I’ll conquer my fear.

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    1. Katie Flannery

      Yes, i totally agree with this! i absolutely hate needles also. I always get nervous every time the doctor tells me that I will be getting a shot, and i will get anxiety from it. Still to this day i’m still very scared for whenever the doctors tell me that i will need to give blood. Those scare me ten times more!

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  21. Colt Bennett

    I am deathly afraid of getting shots. ever since i was a little kid i was afraid of getting a shot and I always thought that I would get over this but i still cry when i have to get a shot and sometimes i fell like i’m about to pass out. just this year when i had to get shots for school and some blood work i was freaking out and I got all spooked and told them to come back to let me get prepared for the shot 30 minuets later they came back and i was still freaking out so i forced my self to stay still they stuck the needles in me then i started swinging my legs back and forth and through all of this i have been crying my eyes out and pacing back and forth in the room.

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  22. JD Finney

    Fear to me is not something that you can see. It is not something that someone can just shield me from. My fear is in my mind, more or less. I cannot predict when it’s going to happen or how it will happen. But it always looming close in my mind and there’s nothing I can do to stop it.
    My greatest fear is my loved ones being taken away from me. I am very afraid of what I will do when my parents leave me and I can’t call them up and ask them what to do or how o run the new washing machine, or what I will do when my grandma doesn’t make me her famous Texas Sheet cake that I love so much. Just thinking about all this stuff hurts my heart to think about because I am very protective over family and I don’t know how ill react when my loved ones and family are gone. I pray that that day does not come anytime soon.

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  23. Heather Decker

    I would have to say that my biggest fear is hospitals; there’s something about them that has always made me uncomfortable. When I was very young, I broke my arm jumping out of a swing, and of course, had to go to the hospital for it, which is where I think my fear initially came from. It’s scary to be so young, crying, with a broken arm, going into a big intimidating hospital. They also scare me because I think of it as a place where people often go to die, although that isn’t a good way to go about it. I know that they’re a good thing for people in need, but I always tend to think of them negatively, although I know that I shouldn’t. My fear of hospitals has made me realize that I should overcome my fears instead of straying away from them. I have taught myself that they aren’t as scary as I may have believed, and that they only have the best of intentions.

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  24. adamlawson213

    Everyone has their own fears, and not all fears are major fears. Everyone has at least one major fear, and you might not know what it is yet. I am afraid of suffocation and drowning. My family has a swimming pool in our backyard, and when I was younger my mother told me not to be in the pool with the solar blanket on it. The blanket was used to heat the water in the pool up, but when you get in you take the cover off. Well as all children are I ignored her warning and was in the pool with the cover still partially on. I thought I would try and swim under the cover to the other side. I ran out of breath before I got to the other side. I came up for air and was still under the blanket. The blanket was suctioned to the water and wouldn’t go up to let me get air. I panicked and didn’t know what to do. I could tell I was losing conciseness and it was getting difficult to see. I don’t remember how, but I made it out from under the cover somehow and everything was good. Ever since then I have avoided water that is extremely deep or I feel I am unsafe. I have noticed I am starting to get over my fear.

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  25. JordanWarner

    Have you ever thought that clowns are demonic people in makeup? I do. I am very afraid of clowns and their evil laughs and grins. This fear of clowns comes from the movie IT. When i was little I built a boat made out of paper and glue, and i went out on a very rainy day. I put the boat on the street and watched it float. I then fell in mud and then i watched the boat vanish into the sewer. I went and looked into the sewer but all i saw was darkness; as i turned to go tell my parents a voice called my name from the sewer. I turned around and looked in the sewer and still saw nothing. Then a clown jumped up with my boat in his hand and asked me if i lost something. I said yea thats my boat. Then clown gave me a mean demonic grin. He told me to take it. I wasnt putting my hand anywhere near him. I told him i have to get going and he said “without your boat?”. I then said that my dad told me i shouldnt be talking to strangers. He then introduced himself as Quarter Wise the clown. Somehow he knew my name and said we know eachother. I just wanted to leave but he wanted me to go in the sewer with him. He kept telling me about a circus in the sewer. He said that there was cotton candy in the sewer, hotdogs, aaand POPCORN!!! Then i started to chuckle and he gave me this look that looked like he was ready to bite my arm off. He had drool coming out of his mouth, thats when i told myself it was time to go. He had his hand out and said that i can have my boat back. I reached for it and then he pulled me in the sewer! Then i woke up in a panic, and was sweating very badly. I couldnt sleep for the rest of the week. That is why i have been scared of clowns.

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  26. Kolin Dykes

    Imagine standing in the middle of the forest alone, on a dark windy night after fishing. You look around trying to find the trail you walked down at the beginning of the day. I heard a noise from the leaves on the ground and I was very frightened. I started to run just to try to get out of the forest, but there was never ending trees everywhere I attempted to go. I was then so scared I sat down curled up in a ball and started to cry. At that point it started to rain and the crackling and strikes of lightening made me terrified. I then heard the crunching of leaves right behind me so i turned to see nothing once again. I continued my search for the trail only to soon end up on a road. I pulled my phone out to try to use my compass and even maybe call my mom, but at that moment my phone was on one percent and it soon it just died. My terrifying journey once began again walking down the road, hoping that a car would pass or i would run into a town. It was pitch black outside and I was hearing noises from all directions and I had began a sprint. As I was sprinting i ran into a car and it pulled over. when they pulled over I told them I needed help to get back to my home. I explained everything to the driver and he brought me home safely. I then sat down on my bed with ease and fell sound asleep.

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  27. noahjordan28

    Insanity has multiple definitions, some more legitimate than others. One definition of insanity is repeating something over and over and expecting a different result. Another definition is the more “common” form. This type of insanity is a word to describe somebody in a horrid mental state. Why am I deathly troubled of being insane? According to my first written definition, I used to be. Throughout ninth and tenth grade I was a different person. I was in a dark place that I needed to dig myself out of. To do that, it required sacrifices of my old way of life, which I could not do. I was not emotionally strong enough to make these sacrifices. In the end, it only hurt me more. I tried and tried to make things better to no avail. Only until I forfeited my ways did I see change. I finally began to grow as a person. For my well-being, I cannot go back to that time. To go back on what I worked so hard to change from is my greatest fear.

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    1. kaitlinh77

      You’re a great person Noah. I personally never knew you until this year but im glad you found your way out of the dark place. I think you’ll keep getting better and better, don’t get down on yourself .

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  28. ashlynclem

    “Fears are educated into us, and can, if we wish, we educated out” (Karl Menninger). My personal fear would have to heights. When I was younger I went to Holiday World when I was about 7 years old. That day I rode my first roller coaster and then their famous drop tower. I rode the Raven wooden roller coaster and it was the scariest ride I have been on in my entire life. It felt so unstable the entire time. I started crying and screaming because all I wanted to do was be back on the ground and feel safe. Once I got back on the ground I started to feel better, so we went to the drop tower next. I was having fun at the beginning, but once we started going up higher and higher I got more scared. Next thing I knew the ride stopped completely while we were at the top. At first, I figured it was part of the ride, but turns out it wasn’t. Something went wrong and we were stuck at the top. Luckily there were able to get us down in about 5 minutes, but I was still terrified. Ever since that day I have been scared to death of heights.

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  29. Garrett Borgwald

    If there is one thing I am afraid of, it is spiders. They are creepy and crawly, and eight legs is just unnatural. Also, the fear of being bitten by a poisonous is something that I always have. I had an experience with spiders that scares me to this day. I was camping with my family one weekend, and I decided to go on a walk through the woods. As I was walking, I walked right through a huge spider web, and there were little black spiders crawling all over me. I freaked out and started slapping them off my body. Through the whole experience, I was thinking one of them would bite me, so I just panicked. When I thought they were all off, I went back home, and I washed myself off and changed my clothes in case there were more spiders left. It was the worst experience I have ever had involving spiders.

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  30. claytontturner

    My biggest fear is being high up but not secure. Around last year, in the spring I went to turkey run. In Turkey Run there are cliffs you have to climb over, under, and around. Well the ones going over I could not do, just the thought of what if. I thought what if the rocks crumbles down the huge hill i’m on. The only reason this is, is because the hill is very steep and high up. I wouldn’t be afraid, if it was a big rock on flat surface, with no height factor to it. An instance, where I can face my fear is, riding roller coasters. I know that I am safe and nothing will happen, but while on a cliff looking down I have thoughts. The fact that, I can see the ground from where i’m at that high up makes the sweat on my face run down my cheeks, my legs start to shake which making me even more nervous that I could possible fall. I can also be high up in a building because that feels secure to me, just me without anything around to keep me safe, is what gets me. I really try to avoid trips up Turkey Run now and make up an excuse not to go, just because of my fear.

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  31. jacksontauer

    The one thing I never wanted to happen, happened. In bed clue less to what’s going on I feel an intense movement across my leg in pure darkness I fling out of bed and turn my lamp on, in complete disbelief I’m starring at my biggest fear. An eight legged MONSTER, I was frozen and felt helpless to the situation. The only option I had was to kill it, with all the luck in the world the spider got away and was nowhere to be found. I have still not found the spider in my room, this has affected to for years and to this day if I see a spider I will go the complete opposite direction, big or small. I believe that one day I will overcome my fear of spiders, but until then I will continue to run from them like a little girl.

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  32. Jeffrey Kitchens

    Around 3 years ago I went to the doctors to get a shot, keep in mind that I had not had any previous experiences with shot that had gone badly. I got two shots, one in each arm, and I stood up to leave. The next thing I know, I got slightly dizzy and then I woke up on the floor. I had passed out. Ever since this experience, any time that I have gotten a shot, given blood, or have had to be penetrated by a needle in any way, I either pass out or get extremely dizzy and have the symptoms of passing out. In my eyes, my fear of needles is on a completely different tier than any of my other petty physical fears. To me, it is the susceptibility factor. When someone is afraid of spiders, for example, I feel as though this is an opposing force that the person can fend off. If a spider is in the room, the person can step on it or just simply stay away from the area. For me, needles are something that I will never be able to escape from because of vaccinations, instances where I would need to get blood drawn, etc. When I am forced to surrender myself to the needle it is almost unbearable. The fact that something that is so minuscule but has such power is daunting. It is the feeling of having a foreign object inside of my body that makes me shudder. I feel the coldness of the alcohol wipe and then the needle forced into my skin. I feel as though I am completely helpless. I can feel the fluid enter my veins and travel down my arm. Then the rush of nausea and cold sweat takes over me. It is the utter control that the needle has over me that I am fearful of. It is not painful, but still horrid.

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  33. Jeffrey Kitchens

    Around 3 years ago I went to the doctors to get a shot, keep in mind that I had not had any previous experiences with shot that had gone badly. I got two shots, one in each arm, and I stood up to leave. The next thing I know, I got slightly dizzy and then I woke up on the floor. I had passed out. Ever since this experience, any time that I have gotten a shot, given blood, or have had to be penetrated by a needle in any way, I either pass out or get extremely dizzy and have the symptoms of passing out. In my eyes, my fear of needles is on a completely different tier than any of my other petty physical fears. To me, it is the susceptibility factor. When someone is afraid of spiders, for example, I feel as though this is an opposing force that the person can fend off. If a spider is in the room, the person can step on it or just simply stay away from the area. For me, needles are something that I will never be able to escape from because of vaccinations, instances where I would need to get blood drawn, etc. When I am forced to surrender myself to the needle it is almost unbearable. The fact that something that is so minuscule but has such power is daunting. It is the feeling of having a foreign object inside of my body that makes me shudder. I feel the coldness of the alcohol wipe and then the needle forced into my skin. I feel as though I am completely helpless. I can feel the fluid enter my veins and travel down my arm. Then the rush of nausea and cold sweat takes over me. It is the utter control that the needle has over me that I am fearful of. It is not painful, but still horrid

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    1. Antony Bru

      I like the way you express you fear of needles by the presence of the word multiples times.By repeating it we understand how you are marked by this. Also I agree, needles makes me feel uncomfortable too !

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  34. danid23

    Danielle Duncan
    English 4
    October 12, 2017
    Fear

    When I was younger I wasn’t really scared of anything but that all changed on one October night. My family and I treasured Halloween and all the “scary” things that came with it. We would always go on haunted trails or go to haunted houses every year. But, one year I got mortified on a haunted trail and that all changed.
    I never thought anything could be that terrifying. We were getting ready to go one the trail and I was excited, I was ready to see all the different characters. Everything was going fine until I heard a noise that sounded like someone was sneaking up behind me. I looked back and I saw a man with a chainsaw in his hands. He pulled the cord to get it started up and then started walking faster towards me. I could feel all the color drain from my body and I ran. I looked back and he was still following me, so I hid behind a tree. The sound of the chainsaw kept getting louder and louder as I stood there and I was trying to prepare myself for what could happen next. I looked to the side and I saw him go by me and just stop, he proceeded to look around for me but never turned fully around to see where I was. So then, I saw a chance and I took it, I ran up behind him and kicked him in the back of the knee making him fall to the ground, allowing me to get away. I ran along the path that I thought I came down so I could get back to my family and get out of this place.
    I don’t remember how old I was when this happened but I know I was young. That day haunted me for the rest of the year, and when Halloween came around the following year I refused to go anywhere. A few years later though I grew out of it because I would help my dad cut up logs with his chainsaw. Doing that made me realize that whoever that was on that night was just trying to scare me and wasn’t going to actually hurt me. Plus I recognized that being scared of stuff like that is just ridiculous.

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  35. Grace Harris

    The phrase “scared to death” describes my fear entirely. My worst fear in the world is death, at any age, young or old. I found this out when my grandpa, whom I was very close to, took his last breath. I came to the realization that we do not actually know what happens after we die. What bothers me is not knowing the future and that it could happen at any time. Think about it. Do you know for sure what will happen to you after you die? I do believe in God and heaven after death, but what if it happens to be different than what it is supposed to be. My grandpa’s death changed me in some way. One day he was there, the next day he wasn’t… forever. I did not think this would ever happen to me. I was heartbroken after he was gone and assumed he was on his way to heaven… but then I started thinking more about it. We do not have any proof whatsoever about this subject. I believe that a lot of us our afraid of this too. In the end, you have to just trust in what you believe because you won’t know how everything in life turns out.

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  36. ettorres10

    Esperanza Torres
    English IV
    10-12-17
    5th Hour
    Fear

    During my years of high school i’ve changed to three different schools as a high school student I have witnessed something that was terrifying. You know when you dream at night and once you wake up you know it isn’t real. I witnessed something so terrifying that I thought it was a dream but it wasn’t even close to a dream since it happened right in front of my eyes. Knowing something like that is terrifying it just seems so unreal. Times like this remind me of when I lost a couple of family members.in life you have many challenges and you know some will bring you trouble but it’s like an obstacle you have to overcome.you go through many challenging things in life but something like this is so insane.

    My biggest fear is death since i’ve lost many family members in my life. Knowing you just seen something you could never forget is just so crazy. Life holds many challenges that you can accomplish and overcome. Many people fear failing but they never try to overcome it or accomplish it to see what they are capable of doing. Yes my biggest fear is death but in reality I already know that everyone is going to die. Many people die young and don’t get the chance to live life to its fullest. Death is a scary thing to worry about and it’s also terrifying but it’s gonna happen either way. God has your life planned out but when people die young that’s not what he planned for in your life.

    There are many things you can say about death but you never really know the true meaning. Yea family members die but when you see people fighting and then right in front of your eyes death strikes is insane. Typically people that witness death right in front of there eyes are in shock and scared. Even though many people are capable to die at any point in life it will always be my biggest fear since i’ve witnessed it right in front of my eyes. You will never unsee what you witness it will always be with you forever. Times get really tough and you never know what to do but things are just so insane sometimes you’re very speechless.

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  37. CasaDee

    CasaDee Whorrall
    Fear
    My heart felt like it was bulging out of my chest. Everything went into slow motion. I remember I could not breath. I wanted to run but my feet would not let me. What could have caused this panic fear you may ask? A clown.
    I was at a haunted house with a few of my friends and family. My family always thought it was funny to see one of us scared. Once they saw that there was a clown, my father went up to him and talked to it. He said, “Do you see that girl over there with the brown boots?” The clown replied with, “Yes.” Sadly, my father replied with the basis of scaring me because of how terrified I was. That’s when I felt like I was captured by my fear.
    We made it through the haunted house and made our way out of the scary barn. I thought it was over when I heard a laugh coming from behind me. Automatically I knew. When I went to turn around it was like I froze in the moment. The clown was wearing reds, yellows, and orange, but it was all just a blur. It was holding a chainsaw and standing over me. I remember my heart pounding, almost like it was coming out of my chest. I was crying but could not make anything out. I was trying to yell for help. The clown was laughing and yanking the chainsaw to make it erupt with noise. I tried to scramble to my feet, feeling like I was on a treadmill, only staying in one place. Was this a game to the clown? When I felt like I was going to die, the clown finally went away. I look over and my family and friends are laughing hysterically. How could this be funny to them when I felt like I was having a panic attack? I will not be attending another haunted house, or anything that has to deal with clowns, ever again.
    Ever since that scary October night, I have been even more deathly afraid of clowns. The scary monster was running after me with a chainsaw and kept saying “Caaassssyyyyy!!” I will never attend a freak show, circus, or haunted house. The feeling of fear and fright is terrible. I start to shake, sweat, and get light headed just because clowns scare me. Some people may find this funny, but while writing this, I was shaking and my heart was pounding. Clowns are my biggest fear.

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    1. teilaaa

      You did a wonderful job on expressing how you feel. I think when people read this, they will be able to genuinely get an idea on how you feel. They may be able to feel as if they are going through what you are going through because of how well you expressed yourself.

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  38. Hannah Van Hoveln

    Sadly enough, I am illogically afraid of ghosts thanks to a four-year long event that happened during my childhood. During that event, I was laying in my dark and eerie room, peering at the transparent little girl in the corner. She appeared to be around six years of age and quite skinny, almost as if she has not been fed for a good duration of time. Her long, black hair covered her face kind of like the ring girl. She was wearing a wrinkled, whitish nightgown, which gave her an even more sinister appearance.

    Every night she would stare at me intensely even when I was not able to see her face. I felt like I was being watched every night. A tingle of utter fear always crawled up my spine every second I had to look upon her. Her presence felt sinister and wrong to me; it felt like she was physically feeding upon me. The odd part is, when I got closer to her, she disappeared from my sight.

    A few years after the event, she faded away from my sight, just for me to never see her ever again. She has never appeared in my dreams or anything. Of course, this was a direct result of taking a pill which reduced my mental hallucinations. However, this experience still messed with me. Afterwards, I started to lock my door every night in my room and covering myself up, irrationally believing that I will see her again. I believe a little part of my sanity was sacrificed after that particular event.

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  39. Hannah Van Hoveln

    Sadly enough, I am illogically afraid of ghosts thanks to a four-year long event that happened during my childhood. During that event, I was laying in my dark and eerie room, peering at the transparent little girl in the corner. She appeared to be around six years of age and quite skinny, almost as if she has not been fed for a good duration of time. Her long, black hair covered her face kind of like the ring girl. She was wearing a wrinkled, whitish nightgown, which gave her an even more sinister appearance.
    Every night she would stare at me intensely even when I was not able to see her face. I felt like I was being watched every night. A tingle of utter fear always crawled up my spine every second I had to look upon her. Her presence felt sinister and wrong to me; it felt like she was physically feeding upon me. The odd part is, when I got closer to her, she disappeared from my sight.
    A few years after the event, she faded away from my sight, just for me to never see her ever again. She has never appeared in my dreams or anything. Of course, this was a direct result of taking a pill which reduced my mental hallucinations. However, this experience still messed with me. Afterwards, I started to lock my door every night in my room and covering myself up, irrationally believing that I will see her again. I believe a little part of my sanity was sacrificed after that particular event.

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  40. Jared Dazey

    Feeling like your heart is about to jump out of your chest is the worst feeling. This feeling comes to me when I am around snakes. I have been afraid of snakes since I was younger with an event that happened that changed my outlook on them forever. Being at a motocross track having a snake come near you and almost bite you is horrific. After I finally felt the snake graze me, I start running and don’t stop until I’m home free. This event has affected me for my whole life, and won’t change. No matter the size or type of snake they will always scare. Fear runs through every time I see a snake. Snakes will fear me for as long as I live, events of fear can change your life forever.

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    1. Antony Bru

      I agree with you, snakes are terrible even more in Illinois they are so wild compare to French one. It is not a fear but as it is not an usual animal from where I’m from there is a little apprehension when I see a snake.

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    2. skylermitchell

      I am also afraid of snakes from a similar reason. Things that happen to you can definitely affect you for a very long time. The vivid memories usually don’t just go away, they will haunt you for the rest of your life.

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  41. Katie Flannery

    Katie Flannery
    My most fearful and most weird experience that I have, is being poked in my chest. Not by a stick or anything like that, but with a finger. I truly do not like it when people poke me, it scares me so much that I may start crying. I think of getting poked in the chest almost makes me thing that I might be dying. This fear first started when my younger sister was chasing me around the house one day, threatening to poke me. When she finally caught me, she pinned me down to the floor and started to poke me in my chest repeatedly to the point where I started crying. I believe that this fear has changed me, because I’m more conscious about my body and what comes near me. Yes, this is a weird fear, but this is one of my fears.

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    1. jarenbrandon

      I like how you explained how your fear started. I understand why you have that fear and why you are scared of it.

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  42. Logan Smith

    Fear, a simple four-letter word that can make and break the very fiber of a person’s being. Fear can take many forms and each person has that which they fear the most. It could be a fear of something small and relatively inconsequential, or it may be something that could be so large it has bearing over your entire life. Personally, I fall more into the second category of a singular large fear. My fear is so great that it makes all my other fears of smaller magnitudes seem almost nonexistent. This fear of mine is the fear of death itself. This fear is so deeply instilled in me that just thinking of it has caused me panic attacks before. This fear would have been formed in me at about the age of 8. At this age is when I made the discovery that eventually the sun would explode and destroy the earth in its entirety. So, what to do at this point but to go online and find out how to escape the earth before this happens. Here is where I discovered that people just die of old age inevitably. When this settled into my 8-year-old mind I lost my breath and began to hyperventilate until it became too much and a passed out. When my parents found me passed out and woke me up hours later, I just began to cry and cry until I had no tears left to cry. Since then through extensive therapy in some form or another I no longer have the panic attacks from just thinking of it. Now when I think of death a very specific feeling overcomes me: my blood becomes ice cold, my vision goes blurry and dark, I lose the ability to think of anything else, and the only way to make it stop is physical action, usually a pinch or slap. If I were to continue to focus on this thought for too long I would induce a panic attack in myself. Lastly, I would like to comment on the most common response I get when I tell people of this fear. That response being “It’s going to happen eventual so just don’t worry about it.” I wish it was that simple to contain, but this has already caused me to change how I approach the world. I adopted an outlook of “If we all die what is the point of anything?” I seriously considered this the right view on life for many years. Now I have worked through my problem with this view and have adopted a view of more “Why not?” This has led me to some of the greatest times of my life. Therefore, in a strange way I am almost happy I have a fear of death itself.

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  43. Clayton Hill

    Could you imagine walking into the woods two hours before sunlight rises? You are all alone, it is rainy, windy, very dark, tall trees, surround you as you are walking to your tree stand. The only thing you have to even think you are safe is your bow. But even with having that it is still in your head that anything can happen to you. As you are walking you hear leaves being kicked up very close to you, therefore it being dark, you have no clue what it is. Your heart starts racing out of your chest as you try to shine the object with your flashlight, nothing is there but a bird swoops down right in front of your face, and you jump for the sky. At this time you are almost to your destination, you will then feel a lot better because you will be above ground from anything else that may harm you. Great! You are sitting in the tree, secured in your harness, twenty feet above ground level. The thought of having FEAR is gone. Now you shut your eyes for what seems like a few short minutes, turns into multiple hours and the sun has risen to light up the beautiful wildlife. The fear is all gone until next time, and you sit there enjoying every minute of time alone. It’s not all about having fear when you’re alone, it can be your surroundings, which will change to something great if you only wait.

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    1. hunterkeith

      The fear of the unknown is always great, especially when you are in the woods. Not knowing what lies around the corner is something you always have to worry about. When you do not know what is out there, your mind starts to wonder and it thinks of the worst possible scenarios.

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  44. ellamcconkey

    Aside from death for a lot of people, losing someone that means a lot to you is such a fearful thing. Have you ever thought of that? Just imagine, your mom, dad, or whoever is always there for you that you could never see living without, just gone whether you said goodbye to or not. That is my fear, losing someone that means so much to you. Four years ago, my mom and step dad were in a car accident that involved drinking and driving. Without the type of car, they were driving or the immediate help they got, they wouldn’t have survived. For my step-dad, they had to have a helicopter transport him from the football field to the champiagn hospital, for surgery. My mom was pronounced dead at the time, until they tried getting her back and were able to. It not only affected me, but other family members as well. It is scary to think about losing either one of them, because both of them mean everything to me. I would not be the person I am today without either of them. It not only taught me to be great full for what I have, but to never drink and drive. Whether you are the one driving or riding with someone who had been drinking, it doesn’t matter. They know that they were in the wrong, but you learn from your mistakes and will tell anyone about this traumatic experience to learn not to do it because it does happen. You may not think that something like this could happen to you, but always be thankful for what you have because you never know.

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  45. tlapp11

    Travis Lappin
    The center snaps the ball to the quarterback and I take off down the field. I can feel the cool October wind on my cheeks as I hit the 50, the 40, the 30-yard line. I see the ball spiraling toward me and I position myself perfectly to receive it. I cradle the ball and tuck it safely away under my arm as I continue to propel myself forward. Out of the corner of my eye, I can see two orange jerseys quickly approaching. They wrap their arms around me and pull me to the ground. As I land, I hear a pop and feel an intense burning sensation in my knee. The opposing players get up, but I am left writhing in agony on the grass. I see help coming my way and I tell them it is my knee. They can see that it is already swelling and assist me off the field. There is nothing they can do for me here, I need to make a doctor’s appointment.
    It turns out that I had many painful and pervasive injuries, but none of them fatalistic in a sense of my athletic career. I would sit out for a while, but eventually return to sports. This experience caused fear and affected me profoundly for several reasons. The first being that I was afraid the damage would be too much and I would be unable to play sports ever again. The second, the fear of really pushing myself and re-injuring an already vulnerable part of my body. I feel that my performance has suffered for this reason. I am afraid to jump as high, to take a hit as hard, or to run as fast. It has been a challenge for me, but one that I am facing head on. I welcome to improve myself as a man and as an athlete.

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    1. skylermitchell

      This was a well written comment. Not only did it use expressive words to make it more exciting to read, but it also made me feel as though I was there. I felt like I was the one carrying the ball down the field. I also almost felt the pain when you described the popping of the knee. This comment was very intriguing.

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  46. skylermitchell

    Imagine being in the darkness, not knowing where you are when your biggest fear in the world slithers up to you. When I was 7 or 8 years old, I got lost in my grandma’s cornfield. I wasn’t sure how it happened, but I could not figure out my way back. I kept hearing what sounded like people talking so I would start walking that way. Then it would sound like it came from the opposite direction, so I would turn around. After about 10 minutes of being lost, I started panicking. My eyes were starting to water up, my cheeks were starting to burn up even in the 30 degree weather, and my heart was pounding so loud that I couldn’t hear my footsteps. I finally decided to start walking one way when I heard a hissing sound. While I thought it was my imagination, I heard it again. At this point I started laughing at the thought of my stupidity still convinced my imagination was going wild. Right then the hissing became right next to me. I froze up, slowly looked to my right, and then screamed at the top of my lungs as I saw the biggest snake I have ever seen in my life. It was probably 3 feet long, gray with black dots, and had what seemed to be glowing eyes in the moonlight. I started to sprint as fast as I could. My legs started to feel like jello at this point, and my heart was punching the inside of my chest by now. I trampled through the cornfield not even thinking of what I was doing sacrificing my grandma’s corn. This was by far the scariest moment of my life.

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    1. hunterkeith

      The feeling of being lost and panicking with the fear of seeing a huge snake right next to you had to be traumatizing. Especially at a young age I can see why something like that can stick to you. It must be difficult to see a snake and not thing of that terrible night during your childhood.

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  47. Antony Bru

    I am not scared of snakes, spiders and even not by clowns. My worst fear is something very special and who happens to me often. I really like to always say my ideas and express them but as a foreign student be able to understand and speak a good English every day at anytime and to anybody is a big work. In fact my worst fear is to not speak good English and not being understandable to the people I am talking with. It looks funny but sometimes especially when I am tired it is nightmare to always find the goods words and create sentences in my head. This starts when I arrive during the football summer camp where I have met everybody and where everything started. The first 2 weeks, I wasn’t getting anything I just answering ” good ” or ” yes ” and even when coaches were talking to me I didn’t get anything. It was a first hard stp but then when school starts it was terrible. I have been very lucky to be help by everybody but the first few days were hard and I was kind of lost. So by being not able to speak as good English than reach it pushes me to work hard to improve my level and then reach the level I want. I think this fear about the language barrier had help me a lot to work on my ability to adapt myself on different places and also be able to learn and be fluent in a language by learning it in the county with the real way to speak it and not like in the books. This fear to be understandable became finally a strength for me and now everything is getting easier and I feel a lot more confortable.

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  48. hunterkeith

    During the week my grandpa was on hospice our house was very quiet. The light seemed more dim and darkness made its way into my life. My mom was hurt the most because it was her father but pain was felt by everyone in our family. During his funeral I distinctively remember the pit in my stomach. The sadness filled the room and tears were coming from many people. I was not crying though. I am not sure why. I was only 13 years old and I was very confused. It was my first and only time going to a funeral and I know it will not be my last but I dread the fact that I will have to go to another one. I fear the fact that it is inevitable. I always try to reach out to my other grandparents while I still have time with them. Life is cruel and the time we have here is precious, so I do all I can to make sure I spend time with the people that are closest to me.

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  49. jarenbrandon

    I am deathly afraid of spiders. When I was four my dad showed me a movie called Eight Legged Freaks. The movie was about spiders that are a part of a radioactive substance spill. The spiders become massive and start attacking people. After that, I began to have nightmares involving large spiders attacking me and ever since then I just have not liked spiders.

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