Tuesday, May 28, 2019
Fears and Survival instincts
Nice older truck
Some people ‘know fear’. I remember an NFL coach who would not fly. When his team played away from home, the team flew but he always traveled by train due to a fear of flying
My sweetheart has a fear of flying, but she will fly. She has flown to Jordan without me. She flew to GITMO without me once. She flew several times with me, including Germany and Hawaii, but is never comfortable until the plane was safely on the ground.
(My girl getting off the plane in gitmo once!, cute, huh?)
There are many real fears. I have been very outgoing in my life. Public speaking & crowds was my forte’. And except for deployments and a few hunting trips, Sherry and I are normally together 24/7. With my hearing loss we have become tighter. Even today with Cochlear implants I don’t enjoy crowds and I get confused easily and am uncomfortable even with my interpreter. I don't remember fear, until the hearing loss.
A BIG FEAR I have is misunderstanding. Just simply consider driving directions, i.e. I ask the question before pulling into an intersection: “Is it clear your way?” You would be surprised how ‘GO’ and ‘NO’ sounds alike with noise around.
Stormy the feral cat, will allow me to pet her since I feed her. BUT if I approach her with something in my hand such as a coffee cup, she runs. I have never hurt her, but I think in the past someone has thrown something at her. It is a survival instinct, a real fear. Her survival instinct is triggered. I am not sure if that trust can ever be obtained with a feral animal.
I was taught humans are ‘animals’ (some more than others), and fears can be a part of life. I have a close friend who has a REAL fear of water, in his childhood some soothsayer told him to beware of deep water, death dwells there.
When we can’t overcome our fears, we must learn to live with them. In the church world I have heard people speak of prayer helping to overcome fears, both temp and permanent. I am sure my girl prays when she flies. Shucks she prays when I drive! LOL