Irrational Fears

May 6, 2009

We all have something that we are afraid of. Myself, I have a ridiculous amount of fears and silly phobias.... from spiders to thunderstorms; deep water, the dark, and even the Easter Bunny. In the past year I went to Australia on a mission to overcome some of my greatest fears. I can proudly say that I brushed my fear of heights aside as I jumped out of a plane. I conquered my phobia of singing in public by belting out "I Will Survive" on karaoke night. I moved across the world on my own, forgetting that I'd ever been afraid of traveling solo. I've done well, and I'm so proud of all that I've achieved. However, I've yet to overcome one of my greatest fears... that inescapable, send shivers down my spine, makes me lose sleep at night kind of phobia...
I tremble at the thought of visiting the dentist.
I really don't understand it. I've never had a bad experience at the dentist's office. I've had 2 fillings, both during my childhood, and in both cases I was drugged up with laughing gas and the entire procedure was pain-free. My smiling photo was pinned to the "Cavity Free Club" wall on all other visits. For some ridiculous reason, I can't even walk by a dental clinic without getting nervous, as if they are all out to get me.
The reason I bring this up is because I haven't made a trip to the dentist in about 3 years and the guilt is sinking in. I'm sure that even when I do, there won't be much to worry about, as I brush and floss almost religiously. I'm insane, that's all there is to it. I'll make an appointment... eventually... maybe.


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