Keep Away From the Things That Bother You

I have a short list of things that really bother me, and for the most part, I try to keep away from them. Here they are (in no particular order):

  • spiders
  • animal neglect
  • stuff on the ocean floor
  • apocalyptic theories

I KNOW that these things not only bother me, but if I allow them into my head, they will haunt me. Have you noticed how the Internet constantly posts these little teasers about everything you can imagine, plus stuff you don’t want to imagine? For example, I often see teasers for “Scariest Bugs in the World,” or “You Won’t Believe What Divers Found in the Great Barrier Reef!” Frankly, I don’t want to know, much less see it.

(What possible good did it do me to stupidly click the scary bug button? Now I know that the biggest and most poisonous spider (the funnel spider) lives (and thrives) in Australia. That’s way too close for me.)

As for neglected animals, the story line always starts with some tearjerker about an abandoned mother cat and her kittens, BUT it all turned out well in the end. I don’t want my vulnerable heart wrenched over it—but am glad that things turned out well.

Then there are all those apocalyptic theories of how the earth will end. Well, as for me, I hope that, if I am on earth when this happens, I am right on top of whatever blows it up; I don’t want to be a survivor. (Plus, what the heck can I do about what may happen?)

But the Queen Mother of all my phobias is the ‘stuff on the ocean floor’. That is, anything that should be above the water or on land (cars, washing machines, stoves, etc.), but most especially downed planes and shipwrecks. I had to watch “Titantic” with one hand over my eyes until my companion told me it was ok to look.

I’ve felt this way since I was old enough to think. I have had psychics tell me that I went down in my plane in one of the great wars. I can’t prove or disprove it, but I know that the sight of a plane or boat at the bottom of the ocean makes me break into a cold sweat, and I have trouble breathing.

Is this a past-life memory? Who knows for sure. But in this lifetime so far, I have learned to simply to stay away from these triggers of mine. That way, they don’t take root in my head and keep me up at night.

Remember that old joke about the man going to his doctor with shoulder pain? He says to the doctor, “Doc, it hurts when I do this (raising his right arm above his head).”

The doctor says, “So don’t do that.”

So, when it comes to my own ‘what bothers me most’ list, I do my best to just stay clear of them. In fact, if I am on the computer, I make sure that during my time on it that I pull up something beautiful or amazing or funny, like Hawaiian sunsets, sea shells, gems, or cute pictures of cats.

Works every time.

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