5 Of The Most Common Fears People Face In Their Lifetime

5 Of The Most Common Fears People Face In Their Lifetime

Everyone is afraid of something.

Everyone is afraid of something. Don't be ashamed if you think your fear is irrational, everyone has their secret fear. For some people it's dogs. For others it's dying. Here are 5 common fears that most people face at one point or another in their lifetime.

1. Acrophobia

Fear of heights. Many people all across the world are absolutely terrified of heights - including me. Just the thought of a rooftop lounge or restaurant is enough for some of us to get knots in our stomachs. Forget about elevators that have glass windows. Seeing the safety of ground grow farther and farther away is not a sight our eyes want to see.

2. Aquaphobia

Fear of drowning. Not many people are afraid of water, but I bet all of us are afraid of drowning. At the beach, swimming out to a sandbar can be the scariest thing to those who face aquaphobia. It's not about the water or the waves. It's about falling underneath into the depths of the blue, unable to breath and slowly dying.

3. Agoraphobia

The fear of being trapped in a situation in which escape would be difficult or impossible. Whether it is agoraphobia or claustrophobia, both are extremely common. Claustrophobia is the fear of being in a small place. Imagine being stuck in an elevator that has stopped between two floors. That is just as bad as death for someone who has agoraphobia.

4. Trypanophobia

Fear of needles and injections. Most people overcome this fear with age. My dad always told me that we can only feel the first millimeter of the needle. He thought that would help. But here I am, in college and still hating needles. It doesn't pass for everyone thought, some adults have to be sedated before they can get a shot or an IV.

5. Scelerophobia

Fear of crime. Who isn't afraid of being: robbed, kidnapped or killed? It's not a fear we all think of daily but it is definitely something that we all face. Crime is all over the place. It's on TV, it's on the news, it's in our lives. How could we not be afraid of it? As long as it does not overcome our life, then it is a fear that we can put aside and ignore for the most part.

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To The Friends I Won't Talk To After High School

I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.


So, for the last four years I’ve seen you almost everyday. I’ve learned about your annoying little brother, your dogs and your crazy weekend stories. I’ve seen you rock the awful freshman year fashion, date, attend homecoming, study for AP tests, and get accepted into college.

Thank you for asking me about my day, filling me in on your boy drama and giving me the World History homework. Thank you for complimenting my outfits, laughing at me presenting in class and listening to me complain about my parents. Thank you for sending me your Quizlets and being excited for my accomplishments- every single one of them. I appreciate it all because I know that soon I won’t really see you again. And that makes me sad. I’ll no longer see your face every Monday morning, wave hello to you in the hallways or eat lunch with you ever again. We won't live in the same city and sooner or later you might even forget my name.

We didn’t hang out after school but none the less you impacted me in a huge way. You supported my passions, stood up for me and made me laugh. You gave me advice on life the way you saw it and you didn’t have to but you did. I think maybe in just the smallest way, you influenced me. You made me believe that there’s lots of good people in this world that are nice just because they can be. You were real with me and that's all I can really ask for. We were never in the same friend group or got together on the weekends but you were still a good friend to me. You saw me grow up before your eyes and watched me walk into class late with Starbucks every day. I think people like you don’t get enough credit because I might not talk to you after high school but you are still so important to me. So thanks.

With that said, I truly hope that our paths cross one day in the future. You can tell me about how your brothers doing or how you regret the college you picked. Or maybe one day I’ll see you in the grocery store with a ring on your finger and I’ll be so happy you finally got what you deserved so many guys ago.

And if we ever do cross paths, I sincerely hope you became everything you wanted to be. I hope you traveled to Italy, got your dream job and found the love of your life. I hope you have beautiful children and a fluffy dog named Charlie. I hope you found success in love before wealth and I hope you depended on yourself for happiness before anything else. I hope you visited your mom in college and I hope you hugged your little sister every chance you got. She’s in high school now and you always tell her how that was the time of your life. I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.

And hey, maybe I’ll see you at the reunion and maybe just maybe you’ll remember my face. If so, I’d like to catch up, coffee?



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