The Only Thing We Have to Fear

My dad always said the way to beat your fear was to face it. So much of fear, after all, is not knowing. If you know, you won’t be afraid.

That’s why, for a week when I was a child, I slept with one arm dangling off the bed, within easy reach of whatever might be lurking underneath. That was my dad’s answer whenever I was afraid of something. The dark hallway? Stand with your back to it, and without looking, reach into the darkness. Keep your hand there and slowly count to thirty. What about the basement? Go down without turning on any lights, stand in the middle of the floor, and close your eyes.

I overcame a lot of fears that way. While many of my friends kept nightlights in their bedrooms, I preferred the dark. In fact, now that I’m an adult there’s only one thing I’m still afraid of. My father’s advice hasn’t failed me yet, so it’s only natural I apply it to this last, greatest fear.

Everyone fears death. In just a few seconds, I won’t.

James Colton

Comments

Hamda

August 6, 2016

I just wanted to tell you that I really admire your writing skills. I mean the way you write, how it’s unique and special in some sort of a way. You really are one of the people I wish to write like in the future. And you also inspire me to try and do my best in writing stories. Anyways, I really do wish you a happy day too. 🙂

    James Colton

    August 6, 2016

    Thank you so much, and good luck with your writing!

      Div

      September 16, 2016

      But james, why r nt you writing in this month. Any plans for upcoming halloween?

      James Colton

      September 16, 2016

      I’m actually preparing to publish a new story this weekend. And I do have something exciting planned for Halloween…

Div

September 15, 2016

I wish I could marry you James. I am in love with your writing

spacealien

August 10, 2017

Whoa! Idk why but this just feels so powerful! Your idea is very cool!

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