Three ways to remind myself it will not always be like this

 

 

Things I was afraid of as a child

Being the only person awake in the house at midnight.

Rattlesnakes and quicksand (I blame ’80s TV).

That the mice whose claws I could hear skittering across the floorboards would climb the bedspread and run across my body.

The round blue eyes on the giant doll given to me by my father’s Italian business colleague.

 

Things I was afraid of as a teenager

Being uncool.

Being thought of as uncool.

 

Things I was afraid of in my twenties

Failing.

Never finishing my thesis.

Childbirth.

 

Things I was afraid of last week

This week.

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