What’s the biggest risk you’d like to take — but haven’t been able to? What would have to happen to make you comfortable taking it?
An entry in the diary of Ardith Pentenger, eccentric widow and heiress to a rather unimpressive estate.
I recall my third grade teacher, Miss Tullyfuttle, asking our class what we all wished to be when we became adults. Some said teachers, others said policemen or firemen. I remember distinctly thinking of exactly what I wished to be. I wished, though some would find it odd, to be afraid of at least one thing. Alas, in all these many years of adulthood, it has yet to come true.
I don’t think people can fully understand the hardships someone like me experiences. For most, having my condition would seem like a dream, almost an alien superpower. However, I have experienced it to be, for the most part, a burden and a weakness.
I shall put it simply: being a pantaphobic is not all it’s cracked up to be.
Oh, I know it’s silly, (that’s what makes it such fun), but I often relax in my favorite sitting chair, lean my head back, close my eyes and dream of having some great fear of something.
Just think of it, what about if I was an agoraphobic, wouldn’t that be splendid! Why then I wouldn’t be forced to attend all those Broadway plays and rhythm and blues concerts with Edith and Lucille.
Or, even better, what if I was an anthropophobic, then I wouldn’t have to see Edith and Lucille at all!
Then there’s always altophobia. This would come in handy when my children want me to fly out west for a visit.
Or, if I had osmophobia, I would have a ready excuse to avoid Frank and his horrible breath.
Yet, no matter how much I wish I am unafraid. I fear nothing. This is my sad lot in life. If only I had a fear or two, I could find an excuse to stay home, alone with my feet kicked up watching television or reading an old book.
Well, I have to go now dear diary. The phone is ringing and I am sure it is Frank calling to ask me on a date. If only I had a case of phonophobia, I could just let the blasted thing ring.