Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Jennifer’s Fears

The whole secret of existence is to have no fear. Never fear what will become of you, depend on no one. Only the moment you reject all help are you freed.—Buddha

Yeah, well, if that’s true, then I’ve got a long way to go! Until then, here are the eight things I fear most: 

1.   Bugs: I try to hide it from my kids—I have two girls and we have enough drama in my house already—but really, they freak me out.
2.     Bats: When I was a kid, there were bats in my neighbor’s attic and they came out and swooped around me. And then, at summer camp, they infested our dorms and we’d walk in the halls with them hanging from the curtains. Ugh, ugh, ugh!
3.     Balls: I’m horrible at ball sports—I still can’t figure out why I’d willingly let someone throw something at my head.
4.     Wind: Hah! Bet you thought it’s be another “B” word. I love storms, but I hate wind, especially listening to it howling outside. We have a lot of trees in our yard and I’m afraid they’ll fall on our house.
5.     Something happening to my family: Enough said.
6.     Speaking in public: I have to do a lot of public speaking at my temple and I joke with the Rabbi that he needs to take Dramamine when I get up on the pulpit because I shake so much. I shake and hyperventilate and everything (but I still do it).
7.     Failure: Especially now that so many people know I write, I’m afraid of never writing another publishable book again.
8.     Driving in NYC: I learned how to do it specifically because I was afraid of it, but it still bothers me.


  1. You are braver than I am, Jen. I never want to drive in NYC.

    Bats don't bother me. Wind can be terrifying, but worse is the crack of a tree before it comes down. Our home is surrounded by trees. We've cut the ones that lean toward the house.

  2. Agree about the bugs, Jen, and we don't get the big nasty ones you get in the States!
    I've driven in London and Paris, but no way would I want to drive in NYC. Los Angeles would be even more of a complete nightmare IMO!

  3. I was in a cab in NYC once. That was enough for me. I have enough trouble in Chicago...I hate going into the city by car.

  4. Ana, Debra and Paula, driving in NYC isn't terrible once you get used to it, although it's still not my favorite thing to do. London driving scares me because of the side of the road, and Paris drivers are insane!

  5. The scariest traffic I've ever seen was in Cairo. NYC, London and Paris are completely sane in comparison to Cairo!