Day 10: Something You're Afraid Of
Wow; these questions certainly aren't just about silly things, like what's your favorite color?
For a long time, I had a fear of flying. I was a total white-knuckle passenger. Then, about three years ago, that fear went away. I have no idea why or how, but it just disappeared. Now I'm fine with getting on an airplane; I just don't have many reasons to anymore.
I was also afraid of heights for a long time. Couldn't climb a ladder without feeling nervous. Again, this fear went away quite suddenly last year, when I found myself climbing a 20-foot ladder to remove some awnings at our house. Even though the ladder wobbled and swayed, I was fine with it and felt no fear at all.
Being a perfectionist, I have a fear of making mistakes. I worry about giving people the wrong information. I second-guess myself all the time. I've got what our family calls the "Curse of the Competent" -- that is, people have much more confidence in my abilities than I do, and even though I can usually do whatever the task may be, I worry about whether I've really done it well, or other people are just being polite.
So if I have to boil it down, I'd say that I'm afraid of letting other people down.