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Vampires, mummies, and the Holy Ghost, the things Jimmy Buffet fears the most

on April 11, 2013
An Australian Pelican gliding with its large w...

An Australian Pelican gliding with its large wings extended (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Vampires, Mummies and the Holy Ghost

These are the things that terrify me the most

No aliens, psychopaths or MTV hosts

Scares me like vampires, mummies and the Holy Ghost

Had a dream last night

Took a time traveling ride

Back to my childhood

Where those monsters reside

They snack on innocence

And dine on self-esteem

But I like to be in touch with what makes me scream

Jimmy Buffet just has a way of explaining it all in his lyrics, “Vampires, Mummies, and the Holy Ghost.” Yes, I have this hang up on focusing on fears now so indulge me as I explore. In my past post, I mentioned fears begin created from past experiences especially from childhood. What fears have traveled the years with you from way back then?

Did you wake screaming and no one came to ease your fears from a nightmare? Were you cornered by a dog barking and growling and now you won’t get near a dog? Did a pelican flying overhead at the beach drop a load of poop on your head causing a fear of birds? While eating a fresh blackberry pie your father had made from the berries he spent all day gathering and “cleaning” to find you bit into a June bug not a berry creating a fear of eating any berry cobbler or pie? While running in a pasture bare foot as a child did you slide in a fresh cow patty creating a fear of being barefoot? Those might sound strange but believe me I know people who have developed fears from such events during childhood.

What are the odds that the same situation would happen again? Take the blackberry pie incident as an example. The biggest issue is being made fun of during the discovery the crunch was not a blackberry but a June bug. The reality is the fear of being embarrassed more than actually consuming a June bug. The fear of a bird pooping on your head again is so rare but once again, it can be connected to the laughter and taunting that occurred after the fact more so than the event itself. Step back for a moment in time, what would your reaction have been if it had happened to someone else. Chances are you would have laughed and taunted the victim unmercifully for years about the poop on the head or part of a June bug hanging out of their mouth.

Take a moment to revisit some of your fears. What makes them so scary? Is it a true fear or related to the reaction of being embarrassed.

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