There is nothing to fear except fear.... yeah right. Not True! Fear is real. Fear is a thing that is disturbing and scary and it's totally fine to have it. You don't need a big 'Braveheart' like speech to avoid it. Because you can't avoid it. In fact, we must embrace it. We all have the things that strike our cores the most. So let's chat about it.
Losing grip with reality. Racing_in_the_street
For reals. The idea of onset schizophrenia or dementia is absolutely terrifying. I have nightmares about this. OiTheCats
i think for most of my life it's been that i won't end up doing anything that i think is really worthwhile. not necessarily leading a bad life, but sort of a meh life. that's a really sad thought to me. Reddit
Me too, me too.....
Being alone. depthstrider117
It's already killing me, TBH. And the fact that the more you're alone makes you more alone is something I just can't get my head around. TheHater4936
Me too, me too. BoobySponges
Getting eaten alive from the inside out by wasps. inomenat
There is this moment in the Witcher game where you are talking with a ghost woman who paralyzed by a potion and then was eaten alive by rats while she could feel everything but couldn't move or scream or anything. That certainly is up there on the list of bad ways to go. fail-mail-ninja
That my son will grow up to be like his abusive father, despite how much I try to teach him differently. I worry it won't be enough. claricia
Man, breaking those family MOs are tough...even more so to identify and figure out how to get out of it without going crazy. Its great to hear others that have made it though man, congrats, truly, I know how difficult it can be. jhans22
The thing that scares me most is losing my mind. I see dementia in everyday life more and more and it terrifies me. It could happen to any of us and indeed probably will happen to many of us. The downside of longer life spans is our bodies will become less able and the part that I fear more than any is to lose my brain, who I am and all the memories from my life. If I think about going deaf, becoming unable to walk or even losing my sight, I could imagine dealing with it. But to lose who I am, nah, that's truly, truly terrifying. TannedCroissant
I imagine if I was insane.....
Being locked in a mental hospital while sane.
Several jobs I've had involved being in and around these units. I've had interactions with the patients that left me scared of being in there for good.
I imagine if I was insane I wouldn't care as much. Wowiejr
My biggest fear is that my wife will be depressed when I am gone. She is 6 years younger. Im caucasian and she is asian. I also used to smoke and drink a ton. Many factors suggest she will live much longer. I have made sure that financially she will have a better than average situation but she has always said that when I die she wants to die.
I am hoping that we can start a family before we are too old so she will have a reason to live and be happy when she is old. blazingeye
Turning into one of my clients. I'm a hospice aide. I know exactly what its like to die slowly from a horrible disease. I'm in the process of changing careers, I think I've had enough. Huxeley
Redditor Beadiest_Cape wanted to hear the best cuss free insults out there and asked:
“What's the best insult you've heard without swearing?"
“…and may God have mercy on your soul.”
You should apologize…
“You’re not the dumbest person in the world, but you'd better hope they don’t die.” WhatThatBoiDoin
How low can they go?
“The bar was on the ground and you grabbed a shovel” BlckAlchmst
“From Casablanca: ‘You probably think pretty poorly of me don't you?’”
"’I would if I gave you any thought’" koiven
These teachers got clap backs for days…
Down the Monty Python rabbit hole…
“Your mother was a hamster, and your father smelt... of elderberries!” UpTwoDownOne
“And hamsters have sex all the time with no regard for monogamy.” draconum_ggg
“‘My days of not taking you seriously are certainly coming to a...middle.’ --Mal Reynolds”
Shakespeare master of insults…
“Straight from Shakespeare ‘I wish we could become better strangers’.” Dundeklil
Excuse us while we go grab the burn cream.
"What gets worse with age?"
Physical consequences of aging is one of the cruelest things in life.
Watch Your Hyde
"Your skin. Take care of it. Skin cancer sucks."
What The Body Does With Food
"Every meal is followed by a poop."
After A Wild Night
"Hangovers for sure."
When our senses gradually start to fail us, it's yet another reminder of our brief mortality.
"Make sure you get your eye dilated every year and check for cataracts."
The degeneration of certain abilities as we get older is too much to bear.
Staying Above Water
"My ability to cope. I'm just burnt out all the time."
"The ability to sleep through the night."
Putting Up With People
"Humanity.... The older I get the less I want to deal with people."
I found as I'm getting older my patience and tolerance for certain things have gotten worse.
I"m not curmudgeonly by any means, at least not yet. Besides, I'm not that old.
It's never easy to leave home.
Putting Your Problems On Others
"Parents kicked me out when they got divorced and "couldn't afford to take care of me anymore."
Suffering The Consequences
Growing To Understand The Decision
(Only join if you feel that it's right for you. Don't let anyone make you join.)
Military Or Bust
No, Really. Military Or Bust.
"I'll be sure go guide my kid and not make her leave home asap."
A Fizzled Relationship
Burning That Trust
Lose A Key? Get Out.
Getting Out Of The House No Matter What
"I grew up in an extremely abusive household. Every category of abuse you can imagine."
"What was the most obvious lie you've ever heard?"
"My friend told us..."
This person has never looked at a map, have they?
"He then showed me..."
Bonus lie, he told everyone he was 28 when he was clearly in his mid to late 40s."
"I stopped believing it..."
Ha! The creative little white lies that grandparents make up!
"My husband forgot..."
Oh, they totally forgot. But it sounds like you two are very much in love, so that's great!
"Aside from this bizarre quirk..."
Aside from this bizarre quirk, he seemed totally normal. Had a proper job and everything."
You meet some odd characters in pubs, but they're typically not hurting anyone, so leave it be.
"A friend of mine..."
"A friend of mine once told me a great story about something funny they did. It was hilarious.
"I had an employee..."
You have to admire his chutzpah, don't you? I cracked up at this.
"A friend I had in high school..."
"A girl I went to high school with..."
That was very nice of them!"
Very nice of them, indeed! You'd think they'd be tripping all over themselves to have her!
"The more he spoke..."
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