Friday Night Think Tank: Facing Fears Edition

Doc BrownHappy Friday the 13th, Modern Philosophers!  Let’s hurry out to The Think Tank before Jason picks us off one by one.  There’s safety in numbers, and I’ve got a machete stashed in my toga.

Since this day reminds me of one of my favorite horror movie baddies and scary things lurking out in the woods waiting to disconnect us from our entrails, I thought that this week’s topic should have to do with fears and phobias.

So put on your Deep Thinking Toga, arm yourself, and let’s head out to The Think Tank…

This week’s topic: Which one of your fears are you trying to face right now, and how is that going?

HighwayThis Modern Philosopher is proud to report that he took on what is perhaps the most paralyzing of all his fears this week.  I have mentioned my driving issues numerous times on this blog.  What I might have left out, however, is that I am deathly afraid of driving on the highway and have not been able to overcome that fear.

Any time I get close to tackling it, I get serious stomach pains, the color drains from my face, and I inevitably choose to take the surface roads to my destination.  Part of that, of course, is that I can’t go places that can really only be reached via the highway.

This week, however, I faced that fear.  For the last four days, I have driven to work on the highway.  There have been torrential downpours the last two mornings, but I didn’t use them as an excuse.  Sure, the weather made for some tense driving, but I survived.

Tonight, for the first time, I drove home from work on the highway.

Maybe some of you are snickering and think this is just another one of my silly stories, but I assure you that my driving phobia is serious and severe.  The very first thing I did upon parking the car at work on Tuesday morning was send a text to The Girl Who Knows My Phobias Best to let her know what I’d done.  She was incredibly proud of me and wanted to know what had gotten into me.

I replied that I just thought it was time to try to tackle a phobia.  I haven’t made much progress in my life since The Girl Who Drives My Heart Wild moved to another time zone eleven months ago, and I just needed to do something.

crosscountryDon’t get me wrong, I’m not about to hop in Zombie Car and go on a cross country road trip, but I think I will continue to commute to work via the highway.

Maybe someday, I’ll work up the courage to drive a little further on the 95.

Right now, I’m proud of my progress.

So what about you, Modern Philosophers?  What fears are you tackling on this Friday the 13th?  How are you doing with that task?

Remember, there are no wrong answers in The Think Tank.  Just type up whatever your Deep Thoughts tell you.

I look forward to reading all your comments…once I’ve stopped being carsick.

Enjoy your weekend!

About Austin

Native New Yorker who's fled to the quiet life in Maine. I write movies, root for the Yankees, and shovel lots of snow.
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12 Responses to Friday Night Think Tank: Facing Fears Edition

  1. floridaborne says:

    Years ago, I read about a man who had driven in heavy traffic for years. In the middle of his commute, he pulled his car to the side to walk away and never drive again. The phobia formed that quickly.

    I had my own bedroom for the first few months of life, but would scream when left alone. My mom had to move me into the same room with my older sister, who wasn’t happy with the intrusion. I can walk through the dark better than most people, but I still don’t like being without a dog or a person in the same home with me at night.

  2. Drops of Ink says:

    I knew someone who had that very same phobia. She never got over it, and to this day has her husband do all the driving when she needs to hit the highways. It’s awesome that you were able to face your fears. You have every reason to be proud. I am. 🙂

  3. You are much further along the fear to drive spectrum than I am – I only drive about 15 miles from my home–in all directions except south because then I would be in Lake Erie in less than two blocks–

    • Austin says:

      I don’t have to drive that far. It’s just been a paralyzing fear to get on the highway going that fast. I’m fine being on the highway when someone else is driving, but having all that responsibility in my hands was always just too much for me…

  4. ksbeth says:

    congrats this a huge accomplishment! mine are dentists and clowns and i’ve found a kind, gentle dentist who wrote FEAR in my file it seems as the whole office goes out of their way to make me comfortable. they said even when i’ve been gassed they still see tears roll down my cheeks. as for the clowns, i prefer to keep my distance.

  5. mudlips says:

    Ak, phobias. Heights, fire, speed. And then there’s that fear of failure…Anyway, I certainly understand being afraid of driving. I have a mild case that got worse a couple of years ago after I got hit by a car while cycling. Rather than just being afraid of cycling, I gained a fear of driving (whether behind the wheel or a passenger). I was able to ride my bike after a few months but that car phobia has stuck around. Anyway, I’m impressed with you taking on your fear. It’s not easy. I’ve been doing that with heights – learning to rock climb. The ability to conquer the fear comes and goes but generally has decreased over time. So, if you feel that phobia returning know that over time it may decrease so keep at it.

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