I have a confession to make, and its a fear that I have, that I wanted to share. In the past I would say I have been fearful of the usual kinds of things… spiders mostly. I must admit now I have children that fear is something that I dealt with. I think you become braver once you have children, and I conquered the arachnophobia a few years ago.
I have a fear that hasn’t gone away though, and one that is perhaps more unusual. I have a fear of big old houses. It’s completely irrational I know, and it can be inside or out, but some houses, are just really spooky aren’t they? The image above I took at a Harry Potter event I attended a couple of years ago. It was an amazing bathroom, unaltered for its era and when the event was on, and it was bustling with people, I admired the room, even mentioned it to people I met, how cool it was. It was as if it had been taken off the set of a Harry Potter dorm bathroom set. However it also filled me with fear. At the end of the event I was one of the last people to leave, so I decided I wanted to grab a snap of the bathroom. My blood ran cold as I entered, I quickly snapped it, and literally ran out of the door, which to this day I remember was so heavy, I thought I was locked in there on my own. Yikes!
The National Trust : Lyme Park in Cheshire – Taken from The Awakening
It even affects me whilst watching a film, but I would imagine that’s more common. Moody music, dark set and a supernatural tale, it’s always a big old house in the tale that fills me with dread. I think it the thought of being stuck in there, and not being able to leave. Last year we became members of The National Trust and so have been visiting lots of houses and I admit, partly I have done this to try to get over my fear.
Do you, like me have an unusual fear? Apparently 61% of the population have a more unusual fear, so there is actually more chance that you do, than you don’t! There was a survey completed by Beneden to find out what kinds of unusual phobias people had the results were really wide-ranging. One statistic that is worrying, and one I definitely wouldn’t do, is that 57% of people avoid situations where they may come up against their fear. I think I like being in control too much, to let something take over my life like that…maybe that’s another fear though…eek!