A while back, I brought up one of my random irrational fears to someone because it was something that had been sitting in the back of my mind for so long. Frankly, I wanted to know if anyone else felt the same way. The conversation went a little something like this.
Me: This is weird but whenever I exit a store, I always have a fear that the security alarm is going to go off and I’m going to get arrested for a theft that I didn’t commit.
Him: OH MY GOD I FEEL THE SAME WAY.
So, now that I know I’m not alone in my irrational fears, I thought I would share some with all of you and maybe we can all bond over how weird we are.
Store Security Alarm
I don’t even know where this one started but in recent years, every single time I leave a store, I have to mentally prepare myself for the security alarm to go off. The worst part is, one time the alarm actually did go off and it FREAKED me out. I froze and didn’t know what to do with myself as I frantically looked around at the store clerk with a look of confusion. Turns out, it was a faulty alarm but it only just made me more paranoid. Love that.
This is one fear that I’ve had for as long as I can remember. I used to refuse to walk on sidewalk grates because I thought that I would fall through them. Frankly, I think they look hella dangerous. I mean, there are holes everywhere it just doesn’t look architecturally stable.
Public Bathroom Flushing
Every time I come out of a public bathroom stall and I see someone else waiting in line to go into the same stall I just used, I get this weird fear that perhaps I didn’t fully flush properly. You know, sometimes your mind wanders and you forget to check whether everything went down properly and it’s just embarrassing and gross for someone else to walk into that.
Speaking of flushing, this one is a weird one. The flushing sound of airplane toilets scare me so much. It’s this massive flush that sounds like the soul is being sucked out of the toilet. So, whenever I have to use the bathroom on the plane, I mentally prepare myself for the sound but even then, I get a little jolt everytime.
Potential Danger – How to Escape
Whenever I’m in a room for a long period of time and I get bored, my mind starts to wander. Sure, I think about a lot of other things, like what I’m going to snack on later or how the boy sitting in front of me has really nice hair. However, eventually, my mind always lands on one place. I always plan out my escape route if an attacker were to enter. I image someone coming through the door and think about where I would hide. Normally, I check out the window to see if jumping out of it would be a valid option- sure I might get a few broken bones but it might be worth it. Please tell me someone else does this.
Music In A Quiet Room
Sometimes when I’m in the library or anywhere quiet, I can hear the music blasting through someone else’s headphones. I have to say, most of the time it comes from the Apple headphones because I have experienced first hand the extent of sound leaking that comes from those things. Every time I’m in the library studying and I turn up the volume of my music, I cautiously have to take my earbuds or headphones off to see if anyone else can hear my music. Whenever someone else stares or looks at me in the library, I always think it’s because they can hear my music. What can I say, I just get paranoid and worried about the most random things. It happens every single time.
That’s all for today, what are some of your irrational fears?