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I've been trying to nurture mine. My problem is that I have an overactive imagination and a very robust level of paranoia. When they work in unison together, the results are pretty harrowing for me.
For example, tonight I spent 10 minutes contemplating going in the kitchen for more tea. You see, it was dark in there, and who knows what could happen in darkness. Yes, at 21, I still fear the dark as much as I thrive in it.
Finally I worked up my courage and began walking towards the kitchen, every hair on my arm raised, and every muscle taut.
That's when I heard my inner voice of reason:
Voice: "What are you afraid of, Michelle?"
Me: "Lots of things. Unsettled spirits, robbers, DEA waiting to bust me, the very texture of the darkness, malignant creatures I can't see, the unknown..."
Voice: "Flip on the light, and tell me what you see."
Me: (I flip on the light)"I see my living room."
Voice: "Does it look normal?"
Me: "Yes. But it doesn't feel normal..."
Voice: "Why? What are you afraid of now?"
Me: "I'm afraid of what I *can't" see."
Voice: "What can you do about the things that you can't see?"
Me: "Not much..."
Voice: "Then why be afraid?"
And then suddenly as I walked to the kitchen, I wasn't afraid. I think this technique of "talking" to my voice of reason is really healthy for me. I think I'll experiment with this in other areas of my life where there is fear.
yea i know what you mean. Every once in a while i'll play adrenaline pumped cat and mouse games with non exsistent burgalars. One of these days one of my friends is gonna be creaping around in the night, and get a shelaylee to the dome.