Hmmmm....Hubby pointed out some very interesting things in my post. Please don't tell anyone I'm an English teacher! I thought I'd go through with my red pen and do some editing.
Thanks for all the ideas! In answer to Fawn:
What do I fear?
I usually think of myself as strong, powerful, and unstoppable. Then I start listing my fears and phobias, and I realize I am a bit of a wimp.
Spiders, the dark, sharks, small confined areas, suffocating, and heights are normal enough fears. And I have them all. Oh, and snakes. <=This is not a sentence. It is a sentence fragment. Snakes are bad. So what else makes my heart stop?
The idea that something has happened to my children terrifies me. When they were babies I checked on them constantly to make sure they were breathing. Now, I try to not think about all the dangers they face every day, Do I not think every day, or is it the dangers "every day"? What exactly is "every day" referring to? or I'd lose my mind. Hyperbole.
I don't like planes or ferries, because both of them connect a few of the "basic" Why is this in italics? fears. Small spaces, heights (in the plane)Heights are in the plane? Really? That seems unlikely. and sharks (when the plane crashes). I am a DELIGHT to travel with!!
It might be easier to list things I am NOT afraid of.
I have absolutely no problem talking to strangers. In my world, there are no strangers. Hmmmm. Don't you live on the same planet as the rest of us? There are strangers. By definition, there are strangers. I chat with people in line at the store. I strike up conversations on the street. I will chatter with just about anyone.
I am not at all afraid of mice or other small creatures. I have eaten all sorts of odd things, and I'm not shy about trying new things. Oh my. There are so many things gone wrong here. What kind of paragraph goes from "mice or other small creatures" to "I have eaten..." Have I eaten the mice? And as for trying new things, am I eating new things? Are the bears etc waiting to be eaten ?? Did my FIL teach me to eat those foods, or to not feed them?? Bears, moose, and other wildlife are simply friends waiting for a snack. (Yes, I know better. My father in law taught me well.)
I think I'm fairly normal in my fears. I admit, some of them are a bit extreme. For example, I'm not just scared of sharks. I worry about sharks in lakes, ponds, and rivers. I really shouldn't worry about those sharks. If they are surviving in such odd places, they don't need my concern. I've even kept an eye out for them in the pool.
Tell me....what are YOU afraid of??