Well it’s Halloween and I’m listening to the radio while I have my breakfast. It’s a local radio station run by volunteers in a stoner community so its pretty hilarious to listen to. They say things like ‘ohh it’ll be raining so if you’re going to have a BBQ you might want to rethink that’ – that was the entirety of the weather report one day.
Anyway they’ve been playing ‘scary’ music which is pretty funny. But amidst the tunes of Monster Mash and Haunting (by Evanescence) I heard the presenter say that Halloween is a day where we should remember our ancestors. I disagree. Keep that for another day.
Halloween is a celebration of fear. Although we don’t have the costumes and parties as much in Australia, it shouldn’t stop us contemplating the notion of fear. Don’t get me wrong, I love the idea of dia de Muertos (31st Oct to 2nd Nov) but I’m pretty sure the Nov 1-2 is for remembering ancestors. Phew!
I really truly think we should appreciate fear. If we didn’t fear anything, a lot of us would be doing a lot of stupid things and ultimately dying sooner rather than later. Jump out of a plane with no parachute? Yep! No fear! Lather yourself in fish juice and swim with sharks? Oh yeah!
Fear keeps the blood pumping, it keeps us entertained. Everyone is scared of something (or more likely quite a few things), but its normal and actually keeps life interesting.
I encourage you to take it the next step though, do something you’re scared of. Don’t throw logic out the window and do something stupid, but step out of your comfort zone a little. It could be as simple as watching a scary movie or playing a scary video game (there’s quite a good list here http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/10/29/scary-video-games-2014-2015_n_6068592.html?ncid=fcbklnkushpmg00000022).
I look at my grandad (mid 80’s) who locks up all his doors and windows all the time and think fear is controlling him. If someone wanted to break in, there’s nothing stopping them smashing a window. There’s also nothing stopping someone from knifing me at the shops. My grandad was actually a black belt in judo so although old, he’s probably far better off in a burglar situation than another old man.
So I say do something you fear and *appreciate* the feeling of fear. Unlock that window, even if just for a few hours. Watch a scary movie, even if you have to sit up watching cartoons afterwards. Go and buy and play a scary game, even if it means you’ll need to pause it until your mini heart attack subsides – right NU?
When I was younger, we would drive past the local scary (abandoned and overgrown) house at night and contemplate opening the gate. “I’ll open it and you can walk in first”. “No way! I’m not going in there! I’ll open the gate and you can go in!” Needless to say, we never went in. We sat in the car outside the house being scared. But it was fun to be scared.
So do what you want to do but just revel in the fact that you’re outside your comfort zone and its not always a bad thing.
Happy Halloween guys, having fun being scared!