When I was a little girl, I used to sprint down the stairs to get past the giant imaginary boa constrictor before he swung down and tried to eat me; I loathe walking down a hotel hallway alone because I half expect to see the twin Grady girls from The Shining appear; and every time I watch the movie Jurassic Park I end up mentally reconfiguring what I’d do in the case of a velociraptor attack. Fear is a natural response to legitimate danger, but when you’re scared of things that couldn’t possibly hurt you or things that don’t actually even exist — well, then you’re getting into phobia territory.
It’s silly for me to be afraid of dinosaurs, and the best way to get over a fear is to confront it — so think of your own irrational dreads and let’s face them…in Etsy form.
[Dinosaurs: Silk scarf by Rawaan Alkhatib; Dogs: Cup with saucer by Eleonor Bostrom; Growing old: Lady with plants print by Joana Rosa Braganca; Meat: Glazed ham print by Matte Stephens; Outer space: Pouch by Oliva Frankenstein; Shellfish: Cushion by Minty Baxter; Birds: Vintage Kristian Vedel birds at PROJECTOBJECT; Bogeyman: Monster clutch bag by Joanna Pybus; Dirt: Merit badge by Be Proud]
While my ridiculous terror has kept me from ever actually seeing that dinosaur ride at Disney World (I rode it two times with my eyes scrunched up tight), I’m not so unbearably scared that I’d be able to resist a silken dino scarf.
[Hands: Vintage bronze hands at EyeforModern; Alcohol: Beers print set by Two Arms; Fire: Campfire brooch by Finest Imaginary; Numbers: Vintage trays at Luckluster Co.; Eyes: Earrings by Jennifer Loiselle; Sharks: Soft sculpture by Adatine; Crossing bridges: Print by Amyisla Illustration; Clouds: Shot glass by Villarreal Ceramics; Bees: Brooch at Mighty Vintage]
Many people dread going to algebra class, but I think that Hurley from Lost is one of only a few people with a valid reason for arithmophobia.
[Phones: Vintage sign from Anna Lou Vintage; Ghosts: Brooch by Ginette Lapalme; Worms: Vintage gag at The Lovely & The Strange; Fish: Vintage planter at Luola; Horses: Cushion cover by Ellen Giggenbach; Sun: Mug at Dipper Vintage; Heart: Mug by Jilly Bird; Darkness: Print by Danna Ray; Lightning: Tee by Swearhouse]
Yes, I’m frightened by a bunch of silly things, but I’m glad that my fear of thunder and lightning faded away with childhood. Now I truly enjoy listening to a summer storm rumble away outside.
[Clowns: Toy by The Antique Junky Monkey; The dead: Ring by Datter Industries; Snakes: Print by Nora Aoyagi; Witches: Vintage book from Moonkitten’s Timeline; Cats: Bag by La Lisette; Mirrors: Mirror by CHIAOZZA; Blood: Print by Jing Wei; Childbirth: Card by Anke Weckmann; Mice: Vintage planter from Bit of Butter]
One person’s irrational fright is another person’s rational worry — my mother’s fear of snakes is pointless in Maine (a state free from venom), but if she moved to Texas it would be a whole different story.
[Bathing: Print by Luka Va; Dentists: Vintage dental mold from Orbiting Debris; Clocks: Vintage flip clock at Mighty Vintage Berlin; Music: Wall hanging from Kitsch Cafe; Flowers: Vintage plate from Junkhouse; Marriage: Vintage hankie from murdups; Spiders: Earrings by Michelle Chang Jewelry; Mushrooms: Toy by la-la label; Car rides: Print by Celine Loup]
Anyone who has read the third Harry Potter book has thought about what would appear if they faced a boggart (the shape-shifting creature that morphs into your worst fear) — what would yours be?