By: Alondra Zarate
Fears. Anxiety. What’s next? This has led us into a world of worries and stress. Different types of phobias have spread and are now all over the place. No one can control having them; it just comes naturally. Everyone has a fear of some sort, even if they don’t really think they do.
Fears can come knocking on your door when you least expect it. Fear is the word we use to describe our emotional reaction to something that seems dangerous, but the word "fear" itself, is used in another way: to name something a person often feels afraid of. Someone who may not know how to swim well might have a fear of deep water. In this case, the fear is helpful because it cautions the person to remain in specific boundaries. Swimming is just one of many fears, there is also fear of heights and spiders, so the list goes on and on.
Frights and scares can be interpreted in many ways. People may fear due to overthinking and not knowing exactly what is yet to occur. We are always sensing danger and the feeling of being unsafe, so we start to feel anxious and nervous. There are many people that have different phobias, all bringing different results. “Like all emotions, fear can be mild, medium, or intense, depending on the situation and the person...,” stated in an article, Fears and Phobias. However, we could also learn from all that it brings. Having phobias can let us out of our comfort zone, it shows us how strong we really are, and that things aren’t really all that bad. Fear is is not exactly real; it comes from our thoughts and glued on to our imaginations.
There are many experiences that have risen when having fears. Brisa Garcia, a freshman, explains, “Meeting new people is always scary… you never know who will judge you or what will happen.” There are always thoughts that get to one and make people feel unsure and unsafe.
Phobias are strong and can get to a person intensely, but at the end of the day, we need to fight it. The whole point we even have fears is because we start it. We just need to learn how to overcome it, and then it will fade away. Then, we allow ourselves to explore and confront it.
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