You may not know this, but I’m TERRIFIED of those big mascot things. You know when people are walking around in costumes at Disneyland or at a football game? They have ALWAYS scared me.
This takes many of my friends and family by surprise because I travel so often, I travel sola many times, and I moved to France and Spain by myself but the sight of one of those mascots will send me running faster than you can imagine.
I have no explanation as to why, I have been that way since I was a kid. I was never one of those kids that would run up and hug Mickey and Minnie at Disneyland. I would always cower in fear. Just because I am grown and The Travel Guru doesn’t change anything, I am still terrified.
Yesterday I walked into a store and a big, evil Easter bunny was sitting in a rocking chair, rocking back and forth then waved at me. I almost passed out on the spot.
I had to stop myself from immediately turning around and running to my car.
I was completely shocked to see the big sinister bunny sitting there, just looking at me as he rocks back and forth, back and forth. The lady behind the counter saw how scared I was and said, “Are you okay?”
No heffa, no I’m not. My heart was beating fast and I almost urinated on myself.
Then I run to the back of the store and hide out for a while in front of a wall of onesies (I was in a kids consignment store looking for baby clothes for some friends) trying to stop sweating while trying to look through the wall of baby clothes, yet scared and jumpy every time I heard footsteps coming closer to me.
I finally gained my composure and walk up an aisle and look for what I came for. No worries. I’m strong, I’m confident. I can do this! Evil bunny is far away from me and I’m going to be just fine, right?
To my dismay I look up at the people suddenly walking by me and it’s the big evil bunny with its huge ears walking towards me. I almost screamed.
My heart started beating really fast as bunny from hell and its companion pass me by and the lady says, “Oh sorry, did we scare you?”
I then almost run to the counter and pay for my things then leave.
I know that it is an irrational fear but that doesn’t stop bile from rising to my throat whenever I see one of those creepy things.
I told you this story so you can know that everyone has fears, we all have things that can render us incapacitated. I just wanted you to know that if you are scared of something you aren’t alone.
Even if you have conquered amazing things in your life and have things that you do that other people think are incredible, you can still have fear in another area. There may be something in your life, some irrational fear that you can’t get over but as long as it doesn’t effect your daily life in measurable ways, then I think it’s okay.
Not liking big, creepy mascots hasn’t stopped me from traveling. It hasn’t stopped me from exploring and learning about other cultures. But if you hear about a girl that passed out on the streets of Paris, London, Santiago, or any foreign city because a big mascot walked up to her and tried to hug her, you can bet that girl will be me.
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