Eng Comp 1 (T TH 9:00AM)
October 27, 2009
Since I can remember I have always been afraid of the dark. I know I am not alone in this fear and that many others have the same problem. When I was a child I always had to sleep with a nightlight on. I refused to go down to the basement by myself and would not go outside at night alone. It has been a fear that has come and gone throughout my life. It was only been recently I have begun to overcome it.
I can still remember lying in bed around age four or five just staring at the window in my room. I watched the shadows of the trees blowing in the wind. My imagination would run wild with shapes and creatures that the trees could have been. I always had to have a night light on in my room. This sometimes made it worse because it made the shadows even more prominent in my room, but I refused to sleep without it. I can remember nights when I wouldn’t sleep at all because my mind would just not stopping thinking and making these creatures of the night.
I live on my family’s farm, so we have a lot of land in our backyard. My whole family has always hunted and been outside late into the night doing work on our land. My dad always used to take me outside with him at night just to walk around. I was absolutely terrified, but he insisted that coming with him would help my fears. We used to walk to the wood line together right as the sun was going down. I remember him saying “See, you are just fine”. He would then tell me to stay put and he would slowly walk away. At first I would run after him right away, but
after a few times he was able to get about a football field away. This is what helped me conquer my fear, for the moment at least.
I controlled my fear for the next several years, until a night when I had a few of my friends over for a bonfire. We were all at by the fire talking and having a good time trying to blow up a body spray can in the fire. A...