Voices from Florida, as Irma closes in.
Thinking about Harvey and its aftermath — and the people whose lives have been lost or turned upside down.
Olivia, 22, is terrified by what she's seen (the torches, Nazi flags) and afraid that others won't think her fears are real. When talking about her fears with me, I felt like I could see right through to her breaking heart.
Amber: "I fear that I may lose you because of me.
Because of my mind.
Because of my own self-pity.
That I will never feel good enough."
S: "I always want to get started on my projects at work in the form of technology / knowledge enhancement, and writing a book. ... But when it comes to the grind, I chicken out and leave it for tomorrow. And tomorrow never comes."
"I go for the catastrophe."
I've been thinking a lot about the Manchester bombing — but simply can't find the words to express what I feel. So ... this.
C, 25, fears that "everything that has gone wrong in my past is my past punishing me." It's bad karma, she says, and she feels there's nothing she can do about it.
“I fear that my depression will never go away and that it will hinder me for the rest of my life.”
At a recent gallery show of my fear illustrations, visitors had the opportunity to write down their own fears on index cards and tack them to a wall. Here are a handful of some of those fears — using their handwritten words and my quickly drawn interpretations of them.
Fear of failing school
Fear of not finding happiness
Fear of cancer’s return
Fear of not being oneself
Fear of getting Alzheimer’s or dementia
Fears after a brain injury
Fear of something, or someone, lurking
Fear of not being honest with one’s partner
Fear of losing one’s spouse
Fear of blindness
Fear of remaining in love with a childhood sweetheart
Fear of losing kids in custody battle
Fears about one’s adoption story
Fear of not being a good father
Fears around dyslexia
Fear of being left in the digital dust
Fear of being a failure in art
Fear of being judged
Fear of not finding the perfect place
Fear of not being a stable adult
Fear of letting people down
Fear of being mediocre
Fear of getting fat
Fear of making a decision
Fear of the unknown
Fear of an ongoing nightmare