As Halloween creeps upon us, we’ve partnered with our sister sites The Recipe Club, Read It Forward, CrafterNews and Crown, to ask our authors: What five things terrify you most? First up is yoga instructor Tara Stiles, author of Yoga Cures.
1. Seeing things that “aren’t there”
I’ve always seen colors and energy since my earliest memories, and I know it’s interesting, OK, and a part of our cosmos. Every once in a while, though, I get freaked out if I see something scary that isn’t really there, and I have to calm myself down with some deep breaths.
This comes and goes, and I fly a ton! My next two months are all travel, stopping home only for a couple of days here and there. I am scared, specifically, of the take-off and landing, and I’m getting a lot better, but sometimes I have to hold strangers’ hands at take-off and landing. Thankfully, I have gotten good at sleeping on planes, so this helps a lot!
I get this from my Mom. She and I aren’t very fond of snakes. They scare the pants off both of us, and we scream like little girls when we see them. I just think they move incredibly fast, and I can’t tell which way they are going to go and what they are going to do.
I know this is strange, to be afraid of cats, but I grew up in the woods and cats were not friendly. I tried to be friendly with several and got attacked, sort of…poor scared kitties, they were the ones who were afraid, but again, I don’t trust cats. You never know what they are going to do, and forget about inviting one into your home, it becomes their home with their rules!
5. The Wicked Witch of the West
She freaked me out when I was a little kid and still does now. Every once in a while I feel like she manifests in a person I meet, and that freaks me out too. I’ll get you my pretty!!! Scary!
What terrifies you? Tell us on Twitter with the hashtag #TerrifyingThings.