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10 things I’m scared of

October 8, 2015

We’re all scared of something. Some things may be more common than others. Some things may cause people to look at you weird, but it doesn’t make them any less scary. I’ve got quite a few fears that I thought I would share today.

Some of these fears I’ve had for most of my life, while others are quite new. I’ve tried to work through some of them, but haven’t really been able to get rid of them yet.

10 things I'm scared of
  1. Heights
    A very common one. I really dislike heights. I dislike heights so much that I can hardly climb a ladder. I feel scared just standing on a chair. I’m not sure when this fear started but I do remember not being afraid of heights, so it must have been halfway through my childhood or something like that.
  2. Thunder and lightning
    I feel extremely uncomfortable when there is thunder and lightning outside. It doesn’t matter if I’m inside where I should be safe, my mind still thinks that I can get hit. I had some pretty terrifying experiences as a kid/teenager when it comes to thunder and lightning, so this one is not a surprise to me. I’ve had three experiences to be exact. I won’t go into detail about them right now, but let’s just say they were horrific.
  3. Earthquakes
    I didn’t really have to deal with these for most of my life, so this one is a recent one since I moved to New Zealand. We have them here every now and again, and it was only a few years ago there was a really bad one in Christchurch where hundreds of people died. Every time I feel an earthquake, no matter how small it is, my heart starts pounding.
  4. Balloons
    Now this one is the one that I always get a lot of questions about. ‘Is it the fact that they could pop?’, or ‘is it because of the material?’. To be completely honest, I don’t really know what it is, but they make me feel really uncomfortable. People don’t really understand this fear either. I often get people shove balloons in my face because they want to see my reaction. Spoiler alert – I cry. I don’t know why people think it’s OK to do. It would be like shoving a spider in the face of someone who is terrified of spiders.
  5. Flying
    I really am afraid of flying. And still I have to do it often to be able to visit my family. At the same time, I love travelling. So this is one of those fears that I just have to deal with every now and again. I’ve only flown by myself a few times, and those flights have been an hour long. I can’t imagine how I would feel if I travelled home to Sweden by myself. I tried once, but panicked the day before my flight and had to re-book the tickets.
  6. Needles
    Whenever I have to give blood for any reason, I freak out a little bit beforehand. The same thing if I need to get vaccinated. I even freak out when they prick the top of my finger to just get a drop of blood. It’s terrifying. I try to pretend like it doesn’t bother me, but it really does. I always have to look away, and sometimes I get a bit teary. I don’t often admit it, but I think this is the main reason why I never get the flu vaccination.
  7. Horror movies
    Lots of people get scared from these types of movies, but they enjoy the feeling of being scared. I absolutely hate it. So I keep away for movies like those and have absolutely no interest in watching any. I watch movies to laugh or feel excited and good. Not to feel terrified and not being able to sleep.
  8. Mosquitos
    I hate them. Absolutely hate them. It’s not really that I’m scared of getting the diseases they can carry, I just really don’t like the thought of them sucking my blood and leaving behind a super itchy bump. So whenever there are mosquitos around, or sometimes even sandflies, I freak out a little bit inside.
  9. Roller-coasters
    This one is quite an interesting one. Because yes – I am scared of them. But at the same time, I really enjoy them! It depends though. I refuse to go on roller-coasters will loops. That stuff just freaks me out. But if it’s just a high and fast one, I really do think it’s fun even though I’m scared of the roller-coaster and the height..
  10. Being lonely
    What a depressing one. I really am though. The thought of having no one around to talk to for a long amount of time really makes me anxious. I’m not talking a day or two, but if I for any reason was left alone in a place for over a week, I would start panicking.

Those are some things I’m scared of. I suppose most of them are pretty common. Some of them I really want to work through and get rid of, while others I don’t really care to explore, haha.

What are you scared of? 🙂


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  • Thistles and Kiwis

    I’m like you about heights and hate it if I have to even stand on a chair. However, I am fine being in tall building looking down, as long as it is through glass. I’m also a little scared of escalators, but have overcome that 9 days out of 10.

    October 8, 2015 at 2:08 pm Reply
    • The Swedish Kiwi

      I can’t look down through glass in a tall building without feeling really uncomfortable! 🙂 I’ve never been scared of escalators but I can see why others would be!

      October 10, 2015 at 7:48 am Reply
  • Isabelle

    I’m really scared of earthquakes, but I’ve never experienced one since I live in the UK! I can totally relate with the balloon one, I don’t think it’s right to shove a balloon in your face as it is for someone to shove a spider in mine (I’m terrified) and people never get why I’m scared! And I absolutely hate horror movies, probably like you!
    Isabelle x

    October 9, 2015 at 7:54 am Reply
    • The Swedish Kiwi

      Seems like we’ve got some fears in common then! 🙂 earthquakes are pretty common in New Zealand so I’ve experienced a few. They freak me out every time!

      October 10, 2015 at 7:49 am Reply
  • Senatus Populusque Romanus

    I’m scared of Needles too! I turn absolutely nuts when i have to go for a blood test. Although pricking my finger doesn’t bother me much, but drawing out blood from the inner part of my arm where its foldable, drives me crazy, and i burst into tears. Just cannot handle that. And oh! The Mosquitoes!!! Tell me about it! I freak out everytime i see a mosquito sitting on a wall, and scream if I see them buzzing about! This is everytime I visit India during summer. The mosquito population is mental! I do everything possible, from shutting the balcony doors, to lighting a coil, to applying repellent cream 4 times a day, and drink gallons of bitter coffee so that they don’t touch me! And the Roller coasters are accurate! I don’t show that I’m afraid, but deep down I’m fretting! But you get this scary thrill out of the ride. 🙂

    October 14, 2015 at 6:22 am Reply
    • The Swedish Kiwi

      Sounds like we’ve got quite a few fears in common. Fortunately mosquitos are not dangerous here, but they still freak me out. Just the thought of a bug sucking my blood.. eww. I can imagine there will be lots of them around in India. 🙂

      October 14, 2015 at 4:08 pm Reply
      • Senatus Populusque Romanus

        They are an epidemic over there, with a crazy number of malaria and dengue cases every year. I think that’s what got me so paranoid recently. BUGS!!! Argh!! They are worse, I’ve had those pests and I wouldn’t go to sleep at all without sprinkling cinnamon on the beds! I’d go nuts! It’s a good thing the mosquitoes there aren’t dangerous! Loved reading through your list! ❤️

        October 14, 2015 at 6:35 pm Reply

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