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In 1492 Columbus Sailed the Ocean Blue

October 2, 2012 |

He had three ships and left from Spain; he sailed through sunshine, wind and rain. And on October 12, 1492, Columbus reached America. October 12th isn’t just Columbus Day – it’s also “Face Your Fears” Day, which seems fitting since it must have taken a lot of guts to get in a boat and risk falling off the end of the earth. My biggest fears are falling, spiders, and public speaking. What are yours? Here are some of the most common; which one will you take on for “Face Your Fears” Day? Go ahead, make Columbus proud!

  • Spiders: See, I am not alone. The movie Arachnophobia is scarier to me than A Nightmare on Elm Street.
  • Heights: I always wondered if a fear of falling (out of the sky, for instance) is the same thing as a fear of heights. I think they are two distinct terrors. Thoughts?
  • Water: This can come from many places – experience, family members, TV. This certainly would have hindered good ole’ Columbus.
  • Closed spaces: Claustrophobic, are you? Have you ever had an MRI and panicked? Been stuck in an elevator and thought the world was ending? Don’t worry, you’re not alone.
  • Storms, thunder, and/or lightning: My father’s dogs are afraid of thunder because they don’t like loud noises. But if you’re afraid of storms, you might have lived through a traumatic event. It’s not hard to be afraid of nature once you see what she can do.
  • Flying: They say it’s safer than driving a car, but with a massive amount of less room for error. It’s a good thing Xanax was invented.

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