- Insects and spiders. I’m pretty sure the only insect that I would be able to knowingly hold in my bare hand, is a ladybug. And even then I find it kind of freaky. I’ve been known to see a spider on the floor, put a glass over it and leave the room. Can’t deal.
- Aloof people. As much as I’d like to be, I am not the aloof type. I’m not cool enough and I’ve accepted that. A faux (or real) ‘uncaring’ attitude is just something I haven’t been able to master ever, so when I see it in others or if I’m ever on the receiving end, it freaks me out. If I’m around an aloof person, I automatically feel like I have to impress them, which makes me nervous, which in turns makes me a lot less impressive. I just want them to like me! I want to win people over! It’s disconcerting.
- Skin diseases. Rashes and the like. Show me a medical book with skin diseases if you want me to feel uncomfortable and ill for a long period of time.
- Negotiating fees. Asking for money is not fun at all but seems to be a huge part of my life these days. It’s so nerve-wracking. Especially if you’re friends with the person you’re asking the funds from. I know it’s business, but it’s still awkward.
- I used to be a lot worse with flying, but now I’ve done it so much I’m okay. I can’t deal with turbulence though.
- Watching public live arts performances of people you know. For example, your dad doing a gig in a bar. Or your best friend doing stand-up comedy. I’m pretty sure I get more nervous than the performers themselves. What if they forget the words? What if they trip up?! So freaky!
- The thought of giving birth. The actual act. I’ve heard horror stories, really terrible horror stories. One word: Episiotomy. I know it’s kind of an irrational fear, but damn it makes me anxious. The first time I watched ‘Knocked Up‘ I cried during the birthing scene. Enough said.
In conclusion, I’m a paranoid, highly strung person.