English 100 Section A-81
23 September 2013
Fears of Destruction
Many childhoods are full of fears and uncertainty. Most of these fears are transient and fade quickly but some of those fears carry over into our teenage years and even into adulthood. Confronting those fears and dealing with our own reactions to them is the key to mastering the fear. Most of us don’t know how to do this as the irrational fear makes us think the worst is going to happen. My own fear of the unknown often made me feel this way and all I could think of was how bad the experience was going to be. Fortunately, most of my fears were unfounded and the outcome was never as bad as I had imagined it would be. A few events in my life caused me high levels of fear and anxiety and in my mind I was sure that I would fail miserably. These events: trying out for a sports team, taking a public speaking class and starting my first full time job, were probably some of the most stressful and fearful times of my life. Teenage life is full of fears we think will turn out to destroy our lives, but most of those fears never turn out how we pictured them.
When I was in tenth grade, I decided I wanted to play tennis. I wasn’t the most coordinated person in the universe. I could trip over a crack in the sidewalk. Being slightly overweight I was sure that I would never be able to keep up with everyone else. My best friend Maegan said she would join with me which made me feel somewhat better but I was still scared of looking foolish and not being able to succeed. Practice began the summer before 10th grade and the night before the first practice I barely slept. In my mind I knew I was going to trip and fall on my own 2 feet, miss the ball every time and not be able to keep up with anyone else when it came time for practice. But, I got up and went to practice and it turned out completely opposite of what I thought. It turns out that I had good hand eye...